World modern pentathlon champion Jamie Cooke has added the European Championship to his collection and earned a Tokyo 2020 Games qualification spot for Britain after claiming victory in the men’s final in Bath. Olympic Modern Pentathlon followers from all over the world can buy Olympic Modern Pentathlon tickets online.
Cooke was not perturbed by the competition being delayed by high winds as he led throughout the day, holding onto a 16-second advantage into the laser-run as he eased his way to the gold medal at the University of Bath.
“It’s been pretty much a perfect day for me,” he said. “The world is slight upside down with my score sheet today but I’m really, really pleased with it”.
The fencing for me was a bit of highlight – everything came together on the day and I kind of couldn’t lose a hit, it was almost comical at one point.
Cooke, who was very much on home turf as he trains at the University of Bath, beat defending champion Valentin Prades of France, who moved into second with a strong showing in the laser-run, as he also guaranteed himself a spot at next summer’s Olympic 2020 Games.
“Jamie was so strong today and was too far from me but I will get my revenge at the World Championships next month,” Prades said. “The principal objective of today was to get my Olympic 2020 ticket so I am very happy.”
Czech Republic’s Martin Vlach won the bronze medal after surging from 11th place ahead of the final event – booking his country a Tokyo 2020 Games place in the process – nudging Britain’s Joe Choong out of the medals.
Choong, who has already secured his place at Olympic 2020 Games by winning the International Modern Pentathlon Union World Cup final in Japan, was second behind Cooke going into the laser-run but ultimately finished fourth to miss out on a home medal.
“To be honest I’ve not felt 100 percent today so to come away with fourth is amazing,” he said. “At the beginning of the season, I would have been delighted with fourth on my best day so to have a bad day and come fourth is pretty good.”
Also securing one of the eight Olympic 2020 Games qualifying places available today for their countries were Lukasz Gutkowski of Poland, Hungary’s Bence Demeter, Justinas Kinderis from Lithuania, Russia’s Alexander Lifanov and Patrick Dogue of Germany.
The Championships are due to conclude tomorrow with the women’s final, where again eight Tokyo Olympic qualification places will be up for grabs.
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