Modern Pentathlete Toolis begins World Cup season well
PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 February 2017
Former Coopers pupil joins GB team-mates in Los Angeles final
Pentathlon GB’s Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis all began their World Cup seasons in fine style in the final at Los Angeles.
An impressive start in the pool saw all three Brits improve on their qualifying times with 25-year-old Cooke being just one of two athletes to break the two-minute barrier.
Former Coopers pupil Toolis, 24, finished the discipline in 18th in a time of 2:07.14 and 23-year-old Curry was just behind in 2:08.86 at the Fairplex venue.
In the fencing ranking round, the Pentathlon GB trio all got off to a slow start with each athlete sitting on six victories and nine defeats after seven of the 17 rounds.
However, each improved as the discipline continued with Curry eventually finishing as the top Brit with 18 victories and 16 defeats.
Toolis and Cooke each recorded 16 wins and 18 losses, meaning all three were well placed after the morning action.
In the fencing bonus round, Jaroslaw Swiderski beat Cooke before Toolis got British revenge to pick up an extra point for his victory over the Pole. Curry also picked up a bonus point with a victory over France’s Romani Gauthier meaning Cooke sat in 13th, with Curry 17th and Toolis 20th after the opening two disciplines.
In the ride, all three Brits suffered faults with Curry faring the best of the trio after collecting 286 points on his allocated horse Carmani. Cooke scored 283 points with Toolis picking up 282 for their rounds, meaning it did little to change the overall standings with most of the field closely matched.
As a result, Cooke was still the top Brit in 14th ahead of the laser-run as Curry, who is currently studying for a Masters degree at Kings College Londo,n began the final discipline in 17th with a 58-second handicap and Toolis began two places and 13 seconds further back.
A great laser-run performance from world number two Cooke saw him move up into the top 10 as he crossed the line ninth, whilst Curry also moved up a place with some strong running and accurate shooting.
Toolis finished the day in 28th meaning the top three athletes on the current British men’s ranking list all recorded top-30 positions in their opening World Cup of the season.