Joe Choong finishes 5th on international return
Joe Choong finished 5th on his first international appearance of 2017 at the German Open Championships in Berlin today with young British teammates George Budden and Bradley Sutton 30th and 34th respectively. Joe was placed inside the top 6 throughout the competition in the German capital on an impressive return to action following 7 months away from the international circuit. George, making his senior international debut, and Brad, competing in just his second senior event, both gained valuable experience in a high quality competition in the German capital.
Story of the day
The competition started in the pool with the 200m swim where Basingstoke’s Brad led the British charge in a time of 1:58.52, just under 2 seconds ahead of Joe in 4th (2:00.50). Romsey’s George began his senior international debut by recording a time of 2:05.75 to lie 19th after the opening discipline.
In the fencing salle, 21 year-old Joe showed the sort of form that propelled him into contention at the 2016 Olympics with some excellent hits seeing the Brit pick up 25 victories and 12 defeats to move up to 4th in the overall standings. 18 year-old Brad and 17 year-old George who recorded 14 and 13 victories respectively meaning they were placed 23rd and 31st after the opening 2 disciplines.
A strong ride from Orpington’s Joe saw him knock down just a single pole to pick up 293 points, moving him into 2nd ahead of the closing laser-run. Meanwhile, TASS supported athlete Brad secured 261 points with Pentathlon GB Talent athlete George collecting 279 points. It meant the two Hampshire youngsters sat 33rd and 34th after 3 disciplines in the German capital.
A solid laser-run from 21 year-old Joe saw him cross the line 5th, finishing as the top placed overseas athlete with German quarter Marvin Dogue, Patrick Dogue, Alexander Nobis and Fabian Liebig occupying the top 4 places. Debutant George finished his competition on a high, moving up to 30th with a 12:17.27 time in the laser-run whilst Brad, who moved to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre at the University of Bath in September, finished 4 places further back.
Tomorrow sees the Women’s competition take place in Berlin with Pentathlon GB’s Charlie Follett and Georgia Pipes both in action.