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Modern Pentathlon: Toolis takes positives from LA trip

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 April 2018

Tom Toolis in action at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Los Angeles (pic UIPM)

Tom Toolis in action at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Los Angeles (pic UIPM)

KRZYSZTOF KURUC

Former Coopers pupil Tom Toolis finished 33rd at the second Modern Pentathlon World Cup event of the season in Los Angeles.

Romford’s Toolis picked up the maximum 300 points in the ride element, following a perfect clear round, but fell down the field in the closing laser-run element.

Athletes tackled the 200 metre swim first and Toolis, in his first World Cup final since last year’s event in Los Angeles, made a strong to improve on his qualifying time with 2.06.08.

He followed that with 17 wins and 18 defeats in the fencing hall, which left him in 20th place going into the riding arena and he climbed three more places after his faultless circuit.

But Toolis, 20th at last year’s World Championships in Cairo and currently studying for a Masters degree at St Mary’s University in London, was unable to sustain such a high position.

GB team-mate and Rio Olympian Jamie Cooke maintained his fine record in the United States by finishing seventh and Joe Choong finished just ahead of Toolis in 30th place, while Samantha Murray was fifth in the women’s final.

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