Tom Toolis aims to show ability for Great Britain at Modern Pentathlon World Championships
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 May 2016
Ex-Coopers pupil ready for Russia, but admits his chances of reaching Rio 2016 Olympics seems out of grasp
Tom Toolis is determined to show what he is capable of when he competes for Great Britain at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Moscow next week.
The former Coopers Coborn pupil will be part of a nine-strong team representing GB in the competition that starts on Sunday and runs until May 29.
While a spot at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games appears unlikely for Toolis now, he is keen to bounce back following a disappointing final showing at the most recent World Cup series event in Hungary.
Toolis could only place 16th in his qualifying group, despite some decent swimming and fencing performances as his shooting let him down.
“After not competing as well as I would have liked at the World Cup, I realised Rio wasn’t within my grasp any more,” said Toolis.
“It is good to know we will have two people from our team going out there and hopefully they can both do well, which will be nice.
“The dream for every athlete is to make the Olympics, I haven’t quite achieved that this year, but I’m hoping I can go to the World Championships and the Europeans in Bulgaria in July and show everybody what I can do.”
Toolis finished 17th at last year’s World Championships in Berlin, before coming 13th in the mixed relay with Kate French.
After this event, he will then prepare for the European Championships in Sofia, which begin on July 4 and end a week later on July 11.
Toolis added: “It’s only my second World Championships as a senior. I didn’t make the final last time so hopefully I can achieve that this time.
“It will be great to get out to Moscow and with this event and the European Championships coming up, there is a lot to look forward to.
“Since the World Cup in April, I’ve got my head down, been working hard and I believe I’m ready to do well at the World Championships now.”