Tom Toolis wants to use Great Britain Modern Pentathlon team mate Jamie Cooke's success to his advantage
PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 May 2016
Ex-Coopers Coborn pupil reflects on display at recent World Cup and training with the best in the world at his sport
Tom Toolis wants to use the recent success of Great Britain Modern Pentathlon team mate Jamie Cooke as an inspiration.
The former Coopers Coborn pupil is out in Moscow for the World Championships which start today (Sunday).
He believes qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics look a tough ask now, but is hoping to do well this week.
Toolis’ fellow international team mate Cooke won gold at the World Cup finals in Hungary last month and it has boosted the spirits of the 23-year-old.
“Jamie has a few years on me and I’ve seen him have good and bad seasons in recent times,” said the ex-Coopers student.
“This one is a good year for him and I feel it is only a good thing to be training with the best.
“I believe I can improve a lot by working alongside them and by learning from my experiences because that’s key.
“It’s great to know people I’m training with like Jamie are winning gold. You feel as though you maybe, can’t do the same, but should be able to do good as well.”
Cooke’s place at the Rio Olympics isn’t 100 per cent confirmed despite his strong recent performance at the World Cup.
But it seems likely he’ll join Joe Choong on the big stage later this summer and Toolis hopes whoever does represent Great Britain can enjoy success.
He went on to discuss his most recent display at the World Cup in Hungary last month where he just missed out on reaching the finals.
The 23-year-old impressed in the swimming and fencing categories, but couldn’t deliver with his run and shooting.
“Obviously the World Cup recently didn’t go to plan. You go there and hope to make the final and I didn’t,” said Toolis.
“That was a little bit disappointing, but I’ve come back, put my head down and been working hard.
“I went out there in Hungary and had a fairly good swim, but my fencing was very average I’d say. It wasn’t amazing, but at the same time wasn’t bad.
“I ran pretty well, but my shooting let me down. That has actually been on point all year so I’m not sure what happened, maybe it was nerves getting the better of me.
“But it’s good to know we have two guys going to Rio. We are a real tight knit group and it’s important to see each other doing well.”