British Modern Pentathlon Championships: Top 3 Reaction
An exciting day at the 2017 British Modern Open Modern Pentathlon Championships saw Samantha Murray claim the Women’s title with Kate French 2nd and Jo Muir 3rd. Meanwhile, in the Men’s event it was Jamie Cooke who became the new British Champion, edging Tom Toolis into silver medal position with Joe Choong taking bronze.
Here’s what the leading trio in both competitions had to say after the event:
SAMANTHA MURAY - GOLD
Sam, who claimed her third British Pentathlon title with victory, reflected “I’m delighted with my performance as I had an all-round strong day across all 5 disciplines. I’ve worked really hard over the past 6-8 weeks so it’s nice to see some positive results in the competition.”
The former Ribble Valley Modern Pentathlon Club athlete added “Being 2017 British Champion is a great honour and I’m really proud of this achievement.
“It’s always great to win a title and it’s really fulfilling to do this in front of my friends and family at my home training ground.”
KATE FRENCH - SILVER
On her first competitive appearance for 4 weeks, Kate commented “I always enjoy competing on home soil at the amazing facilities in Bath so it great that we were able to have the British Championships here this year.
“My performances throughout the day were all quite average but I’m still pleased to have finished on the podium at the end of the day and look forward to the rest of my season.
JOANNA MUIR - BRONZE
22-year-old Jo, the only athlete on the podium not to compete on home soil at the 2015 European Championships reflected “I really enjoyed being able to compete in front of a home crowd. My parents and friends came down to watch and gave me such good support, especially on the last lap of the laser run which helped me push on to get the bronze medal.”
The University of Bath graduate added “Although I was disappointed with my fence and swim, I managed to pull things back well with a good ride and strong laser run. I was particularly pleased with my running and shooting as both felt much better than at last week’s World Cup in Poland.”
Jo concluded that “Overall I really enjoyed the day and want to say a huge thank you to all of the volunteers that helped to run the day!”
JAMIE COOKE – GOLD
Reflecting on his first ever British Pentathlon crown, Jamie commented “I’m really pleased to win my first National Pentathlon and especially proud to do it whilst wearing my Dorothy House vest.
“It was great to see so many younger athletes having a go at the Laser Run which was running throughout the day and then staying to support both the Men and Women at the end of a long day.”
The 26-year-old finished by saying “A big thank you to everyone that made the day possible, in particular the great family of volunteers that we have helping to run all of our Pentathlon GB competitions.”
TOM TOOLIS - SILVER
After concentrating on his degree for the past couple of months, Tom was in an upbeat mood following his podium position, saying “Finishing second at the British Championships gives me a lot of confidence ahead of a busy summer schedule.”
“I feel that I performed well in all five disciplines. My swim was only a little off my season’s best and my fence was strong with only limited mistakes which meant I had a positive score. I was a little nervous ahead of the ride having not been on a horse for a couple of months due to university commitments, so just one knock down was a good performance. I was most pleased with my laser run result as I both shot and ran well which has boosted my confidence after a disappointing result last week at World Cup 4”
The 24-year-old added “It was great fun to see so many young athletes getting involved in the Laser Run City Tour that was held throughout the day and then staying to support us afterwards. I also had friends and family who came to watch and it’s always nice to have familiar faces in the crowd cheering you on.”
JOE CHOONG – BRONZE
Joe, who has also been focusing on university exams for the past month commented “The whole competition was really well organised and having the laser run competition held at the same time as the British Pentathlon was great as it brought more athletes along on the day.
“It was amazing to see how many young athletes follow our sporting journeys and it’s a great feeling knowing I can inspire the next generation of British athletes.”