The 24-year-old now had two silver medals and a fifth-place finish in his three 2019 WC appearances. Team-mates Jamie Cooke and Tom Toolis finished 11th and 14th in Saturday’s men’s final. Olympic Modern Pentathlon fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Modern Pentathlon tickets online.
Friday’s women’s final saw Kate French finish eighth, with Jess Varley 27th and Francesca Summers 34th.
The final was the fifth round of the World Cup series, after stages in Egypt, Bulgaria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.
It also doubled as an Olympic qualifying event as well as the first official test event for next year’s Games – with the winners of the men’s and women’s finals directly qualifying for Olympic 2020.
British duo Joanna Muir and Samuel Cook were unable to back up their mixed relay victory at the previous World Cup Final in Prague in May, with the pair finishing 14th in the Tokyo edition of the event.
France’s Elodie Clouvel and Valentin Prades won in Japan, ahead of Ireland’s Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe in silver and Gintare Vitkauskaite and Justinas Kinderis of Lithuania took bronze.
Joseph Choong of Great Britain trembled off the attendant’s tag to earn an affected gold medal at the UIPM 2019 Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final and earn a return trip to Tokyo next year.
After two silver medals during the regular season in Sofia (BUL) and Prague (CZE), Choong (GBR) was always going to be a strong contender for the sole qualification place at the Olympic Games, but he twice had to come from behind to claim the prize.
A day after the women’s gold medal went to 35-year-old Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania, it looked like experience would again be decisive as Alexander Lesun of Russia led the way through the disciplines. Nevertheless, Lesun (RUS), who turns 31 on Monday, came unstuck at the third shooting during the Laser-Run.
Even then, Choong (GBR) had more work to do as Marvin Dogue of Germany snatched the lead at the start of the final 800m lap. A classic duel ensued, and Choong (GBR) had just too much energy for Dogue (GER) in a reprisal of the dramatic battle for silver between the two athletes in Prague (CZE).
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