Strong start to World Cup season as 3 GB men make Los Angeles final
Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Tom Toolis all made it through to the World Cup 1 final in Los Angeles overnight on the first day of World Cup action in 2017. The 4th member of the Pentathlon GB team, Myles Pillage, unfortunately missed out on a place in the final 36 but gained huge experience on his World Cup debut.
Rio 2016 Olympian Jamie and 2014 European Championships Men’s Relay bronze medallist Sam both qualified automatically as they finished 7th and 5th respectively in their groups after strong performances across all 4 disciplines. Meanwhile, Tom finished his group in 15th meaning thanks to a new rule tweak he also made it through the final 36 automatically rather than facing a nervous wait to see if had qualified as would previously have been the case when only the top 12 athletes were guaranteed a spot in the final.
Group A - Jamie Cooke & Tom Toolis
Cheltenham’s Jamie and Romford’s Tom were both placed in Group A meaning they started their day in the fencing salle. The experienced Pentathlon GB duo accumulated victories throughout with Jamie eventually finishing in a tie for 3rd place on 19 victories and 11 defeats whilst Tom secured 17 victories alongside 13 defeats to sit 10th after the opening discipline.
The pair then moved to the pool where Jamie showed his calibre in the swim with an impressive time of 2:02.14, the second quickest of the group behind home favourite Logan Storie. 24 year-old Tom, who is currently in his final year of studying at The University of Bath, recorded a 2:07.47 to continue his fine start to the day. As a result, Jamie started the laser-run in 3rd with Tom 24 seconds back in 13th. Both athletes performed strongly in the final discipline to cross the line 7th and 15th respectively and ensure they qualified for Friday’s final.
Group B - Sam Curry & Myles Pillage
Meanwhile in Group B, Plymouth’s Myles and Salfords’ Sam started their competition with the 200m swim. In his strongest discipline, it was the dream start for World Cup debutant Myles as his time of 2:00.73 was over 3 seconds quicker than anyone else in the group. Sam, who is currently studying for a Masters degree at Kings College in London also enjoyed a strong start to the day with a competitive 2:10.51 placing him 19th after the opening discipline.
23 year-old Sam then continued his fine fencing form from the second Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition earlier this month as he picked up 19 victories and 12 defeats to finish 3rd in the discipline standings and move up to 5th place in the group ahead of the laser-run. Myles, who transferred to Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre in September, secured 9 victories alongside 22 defeats meaning he began the concluding laser-run in 26th.
A confident laser-run display meant Sam finished 5th in the group and comfortably qualify for the final. Despite a strong showing in the laser-run to move up 3 places in the group standings, Myles missed out on a place in the final but the 18 year-old, the youngest member of the Pentathlon GB team in Los Angeles, will be able to take lots of positives from his World Cup debut.
Tonight sees the Women’s competition get underway with Kate French, Samantha Murray, Francesca Summers and Jessica Varley competing for Pentathlon GB.