Toolis starts new World Cup season well
PUBLISHED: 08:11 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 23 February 2017
Modern Pentathlete reaches final in Los Angeles
Hornchurch’s Tom Toolis and Great Britain team-mates Jamie Cooke and Sam Curry all made it through to the final at the first Modern Pentathlon World Cup event of the season in Los Angeles last night.
Former Coopers pupil Toolis finished 15th in his qualifying group to reach the 36-man final automatically, when he would have faced an anxious wait in the past as only the top 12 went through.
Changes to the rules meant there was no such need to wait to learn his fate and Toolis joined Cooke, who was seventh in the same group, and Curry, who was fifth in the other, in progressing.
The 24-year-old Toolis, who is in his final year of studying at the University of Bath, had 17 wins and 13 losses in the opening fencing discipline, then clocked 2.07.47 in the 200m swim.
That left him in 13th place for the laser-run and he performed strongly to ensure his place in Friday’s final.
Myles Pillage, the fourth member of the GB men’s team, missed out on the final after finishign 18th in the other group, but the 18-year-old gained valuable experience on his World Cup debut.
Kate French, Samantha Murray, Francesca Summers and Jessica Varley are set to compete in the women’s qualifying competition tonight.
Britain’s Modern Pentathletes have been successful at the highest level, winning five medals at the last five Olympic Games.
Steph Cook and Kate Allenby won gold and bronze respectively at Sydney 2000, Georgina Harland won bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics, Heather Fell won silver at the Beijing 2008 Games and Murray won silver at London 2012.
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