Toolis leads GB men at World Cup event
PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 May 2018
Romford's Tom Toolis led the Pentathlon GB men's team home at the latest World Cup event in Bulgaria.
The 25-year-old finished 24th but had been placed much higher before dropping back in the second half of the laser run.
Jamie Cooke also looked on course for a stronger finish but an injury suffered during fencing caused him serious discomfort during the shoot, resulting in him placing 25th.
Sam Curry completed the GB line-up in Sofia in 30th.
The men’s final began with the 200m swim and Cooke stopped the clock at 1:59.21 as Toolis improved his time from qualifying to record 2:06.11 with Curry behind on 2:08.49.
The fencing discipline saw just two hits separate athletes from fourth to 18th, with Toolis having 18 wins and 17 defeats as Cooke and Curry finished with 16 and 15 wins respectively.
After Curry claimed two extra points, Cooke stole the show in fencing bonus round as he beat his teammate and went on an eight-hit run which also saw him beat Toolis.
That left Cooke seventh after the opening two disciplines with Toolis 14th and Curry 28th.
And Toolis had the perfect clear round in the ride to take a maximum 300 points and leap up the leaderboard, as Curry, rolled just two poles to score 286 points and Cooke gained 279 points.
Toolis moved up to eighth in the overall standings, with Cooke 13th and Curry 27th heading into the laser run.
It proved an enthralling final discipline with places changing throughout the field, but the British athletes were part of the group who lost ground.
Toolis, currently studying for a Masters degree at St Mary’s University in London, has been balancing education with training over the past couple of months and ran out of steam in the second half of the laser run to finish 24th.
Cooke’s hopes of a strong finish were hit by a shoulder injury sustained in fencing as he completed the course in 25th, while Curry finished his first final of the season in 30th.
Those results came after Kate French had claimed the second World Cup victory of her career a day earlier and athletes are next in action at the British Championships on June 9 at the University of Bath.