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Toolis misses out on European final spot

PUBLISHED: 19:19 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 19:19 08 July 2016

GB Modern Pentathlete Tom Toolis (pic: www.claregreenphotography.com)

GB Modern Pentathlete Tom Toolis (pic: www.claregreenphotography.com)

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Former Coopers pupil goes close at Modern Pentathlon event

Hornchurch’s Tom Toolis just missed out on a place in the final of the European Modern Pentathlon Championships after a tough qualifying event in Bulgaria.

The former Coopers Coborn pupil produced a good swim time of 2.02.92 to leave him in fifth place in his group after the opening discipline, with GB team-mate Luke Tasker quickest in 2.01.31.

But both Brits struggled in the fencing discipline, with Toolis only managing 10 wins to drop down to 17th, while Tasker had only nine and was one place further back in 18th.

And despite battling performances in the combined run and shoot event, 23-year-old Toolis finished 20th in his group and 37th overall, missing out on the final by just one place.

He is the first reserve for the final, when GB team-mates James Myatt and Sam Curry will be chasing honours.

Myatt had 14 fencing wins, while Curry had 12, before they clocked 2.11.53 and 2.05.61 respectively in the swim.

A strong run and shoot by Myatt lifted him to fourth place in his qualifying group, comfortably securing a spot in the final, as Curry ended up in 16th place and faced an anxious wait to see if he had done enough.

As it turned out, he pipped Toolis, while GB women Kate French, Jo Muir and Samantha Murray are fifth, 12th and 23rd after the opening fencing ranking round of the women’s final.

They return to action on Saturday for the swim, fencing bonus round, ride and combined event.


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