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Modern Pentathlon: Toolis heads to Euros in Hungary

PUBLISHED: 15:00 05 July 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 has been named in a seven-strong Great Britain squad for the Modern Pentathlon European Championships in Hungary this month.

Toolis makes his third successive appearance at the event and is joined in the men’s team by British champion Joe Choong, Jamie Cooke and Sam Curry, while national champion Kate French leads Joanna Muir and Smaantha Murray in the women’s competition in Szekesfehervar.

Selection comes off the back of the German Open Championships where five of the Hungary-bound athletes competed, all recording top 15 finishes.

Toolis did not compete at that event but heads to Hungary in encouraging form having qualified for the final on both of his World Cup starts this year.

Hungary is a familiar stomping ground for the entire Pentathlon GB team with the modern pentathlon powerhouse hosting numerous major internationals in recent seasons.

Murray, French, Cooke, Choong and Curry competed at World Cup 3 in Hungary in May while Toolis, Cooke and Curry appeared at the Budapest Indoor International in January.

All seven team members have previous experience of competing in Szekesfehervar too with the 2014 European Championships held in the same city.

Four years ago Murray, French, Cooke and Choong all competed in the individual competitions while Toolis and Curry teamed up to take a superb bronze in the men’s relay, with Muir competing in the women’s relay.

This year’s Championships begin with the women’s relay on Tuesday July 17, with the men’s relay a day later.

The next four days see the individual qualifying and finals taking place before the mixed relay on July 23.

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