Brave battle from PGB boys after food poisoning strikes
Joe Choong, Jamie Cooke and Tom Toolis finished 13th, 27th and 28th respectively at the Senior European Championships in Minsk today, brave performances after suffering from food poisoning overnight and as a result feeling unwell throughout the day.
Story of the day
The day started in the pool where Gloucestershire’s Jamie set the standard with a time of 1:59.01, over two seconds clear of any other athlete. Orpington’s Joe and Romford’s Tom stopped the clock in 2:05:58 and 2:06.70 respectively, slower than their qualifying times as their physical state took its toll.
In the fencing salle, the British trio all performed solidly, 22-year-old Joe and 24-year-old Tom both picking up 18 victories and 16 defeats with 26-year-old Jamie just three hits behind on 15 victories and 19 defeats.
It meant that Joe was the leading British athlete in 13th after the opening two disciplines with Tom 15th and Jamie 16th.
Each of the Brits had two poles down in the riding phase with University of Bath student Joe picking up 286 points, former North Kent MPC athlete Tom 285 points and four-time World Cup winner Jamie 284 points. It meant that the trio were still in close proximity ahead of the final discipline with Joe in 12th, Tom 14th and Jamie 16th.
With 3200m of running still to come, the effects of the boys’ food poisoning once again came to the fore in a physical discipline. Fantastic shooting by Joe, taking less than 45 seconds for all four visits to the range, meant he was able to drop just a single place to finish 13th, a remarkable achievement under the circumstances. Jamie and Tom both battled gamely, crossing the line 27th and 28th respectively in the Belarusian capital.
Tomorrow sees the Mixed Relay taking place at the Senior European Championships with Jess Varley and Myles Pillage competing for Pentathlon GB.