Cooke starts in pool as he takes 11th in fi­nal

Gloucestershire Echo - - ATHLETICS -

CHEL­TENHAM’S world cham­pion Jamie Cooke was 11th at the World Cup Fi­nal in Tokyo as team-mate Joe Choong sealed his Olympic place with vic­tory.

Choong pro­duced a su­perb display as he claimed gold as a trade­mark sprint fin­ish saw him take vic­tory ahead of Germany’s Marvin Dogue on the home straight of the laser run.

In the fenc­ing ranking round, Cooke ended with 16 vic­to­ries.

The Bri­tish trio were all well placed head­ing into the sec­ond day which be­gan with the 200m swim.

Cooke who led the way with 1:57.59, just ahead of Choong in 1:58.14 as they recorded a GB 1-2 in the dis­ci­pline.

Tom Too­lis clocked a 2:04.75 mean­ing all three Brits were in­side the top 16 of the over­all stand­ings af­ter the open­ing two dis­ci­plines.

Tooliso led the way in the ride, a per­fect clear round seeing him just one of five ath­letes to pick up the max­i­mum 300 points while Cooke and Choong both rolled two poles to score 286 points apiece.

On the run-shoot, Choong ex­ited the range in sec­ond, be­hind Germany’s Marvin Dogue but closed down his ri­val over the fi­nal 800m loop, be­fore surg­ing away down the home straight to take the first se­nior gold medal of his ca­reer.

Be­hind him, good per­for­mances in the run-shoot from Cooke and Too­lis saw them cross the line 11th and 14th re­spec­tively.

The at­ten­tion of the Bri­tish trio will now turn to Au­gust’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships on home soil in Bath.

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