Coopers old boy Toolis on target
PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 March 2015
First individual medal for Modern Pentathlete
Former Coopers pupil and GB Modern Pentathlete Tom Toolis is hoping his first individual medal can spur him on to success in World Cup events.
Toolis has made it onto the podium in team events in the past, but won bronze at the Hungarian Open and said: “It’s the first time I’ve won an individual medal at an international event and it has been a massive confidence booster leading up to some of the more important events.
“I’m hoping that coming third in this event will increase my chances of being selected for the two remain World Cups. I’d like to go to Rome for World Cup 3 or Hungary for World Cup 4.”
Toolis started well with a personal best in the swimming event, clocking 1min 58.96secs to place fifth, and knocked down only one pole in the 10-fence course during the riding event.
A score of 293 points left him in second place at the end of the first day, but Toolis lost 11 of his first 19 fencing bouts on day two.
Toolis rallied to claim 13 hits in his next 19 bouts, for a 21-17 aggregate and 214 points which left him in sixth place overall going into the combined event.
GB’s Nick Woodbridge and Tommy Lees were third and fifth as Toolis started 50 seconds behind the Italian athlete leading the competition and he shot his five targets in just 13 seconds first time around.
A strong first 800m run took Toolis up to fifth and he then hit five targets in 12 seconds to pass his team-mates into third.
But despite closing the gap on the Hungarian and Italian athletes in front of him in the remaining runs and shoots, Toolis had to settle for third place as top Brit.
He added: “This was a really enjoyable competition. I had a lot of fun. There isn’t a lot of pressure at an event like this and it was nice to come and show everyone what I’m capable of.”
Tom Toolis is looking for sponsorship as he chases his dream of competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Any business who might be interested in helping his bid should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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