Cooke, Curry & Toolis all secure World Cup top 30s
Pentathlon GB’s Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis all began their World Cup seasons in fine style with 9th, 16th and 28th placed finishes respectively in Los Angeles overnight.
An impressive start in the pool saw all 3 Brits improve on their qualifying times with 25 year-old Jamie being just one of two athletes to break the 2 minute barrier. 24 year-old Tom finished the discipline in 18th with a 2:07.14 and 23 year-old Sam was just behind in 2:08.86 at the Fairplex venue.
In the fencing ranking round, the Pentathlon GB trio all got off to a slow start with each athlete sitting on 6 victories and 9 defeats after 7 of the 17 rounds. However, each improved as the discipline continued with Salfords’ Sam eventually finishing as the top Brit with 18 victories and 16 defeats. Cheltenham’s Jamie and Romford’s Tom both recorded 16 victories and 18 defeats meaning all three athletes were well placed after the morning’s action.
In the fencing bonus round, Poland’s Jaroslaw Swiderski beat Jamie before Tom got British revenge to pick up an extra point for his victory over the Pole. Sam also picked up a bonus point with a victory over France’s Romani Gauthier meaning Jamie sat in 13th, with Sam 17th and Tom 20th after the opening 2 disciplines.
In the ride, all 3 Brits suffered faults with Sam faring the best of the trio after collecting 286 points on his allocated horse Carmani. Jamie scored 283 points with Tom picking up 282 for their rounds meaning it did little to change the overall standings with most of the field closely matched. As a result, Jamie was still the top Brit in 14th ahead of the laser-run. Sam, who is currently studying for a Masters degree at Kings College London began the final discipline in 17th with a 58 second handicap with Tom 2 places and 13 seconds further back.
A great laser-run performance from World number 2 Jamie saw him move up into the top 10 as he crossed the line 9th, whilst Sam also moved up in a place with some strong running and accurate shooting. Tom finished the day in 28th meaning the top 3 athletes on the current British Men’s ranking list all recorded top 30 positions in their opening World Cup of the season.
Tonight (Saturday 25th February) sees the Women’s final taking place in Los Angeles with all 4 Pentathlon GB athletes – Samantha Murray, Kate French, Jessica Varley and Francesca Summers - in action having qualified on Thursday.