Joseph Choong Claims UIPM World Cup Final to Secure Olympic 2020 Berth

British modern pentathlete out sprints Germany’s Marvin Dogue in Tokyo 2020 Games test event with Rio champion Aleksander Lesun only seventh. Olympic Modern Pentathlon fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Modern Pentathlon tickets online.

Choong shaped a power-packed sprint finish to take the UIPM Pentathlon World Cup Final in Tokyo on Saturday (29th June). The victory saying him secures a place at next year’s Olympic Sports where he wills confidence to recover on his 10th at Rio four years ago.

Joseph Choong Claims UIPM World Cup Final to Secure Olympic 2020 Berth

“It feels amazing. In the early stages, I just wanted to stay in contention, knowing that when it came to the last lap I would back myself as I have done all period.” – Joseph Choong after winning the UIPM Pentathlon World Cup Final

“I think I had eight or nine shots in the final shoot and my average this season has been 5.2, so I was actually quite disappointed. But it all came good in the end.”

The 24-year-old got the better of Germany’s Marvin Dogue in the test event for Tokyo Olympic 2020 Games at Musashino Forest Sports Plaza and AGF Field. Li Shuhuan of China was third with defending Olympic champion Aleksander Lesun only seventh having led going into the closing event, the Laser-Run.

Choong surges to victory

Ukraine’s Rio silver medalist Pavlo Tymoschenko led the field after the swimming and fencing legs, but Lesun moved to the front after the riding. The Russian took a 15-second lead into the Laser-Run with Choong leading the chasing pack as the rain poured down.

Marvin Dogue and elder brother Patrick both moved into contention and Lesun’s lead disappeared as he writhed badly on his third trip to the shooting range. Afterward the fourth and final sprout, it was Marvin Dogue who got absent first.

But Choong had left a little in reserve for the final 800m, and he outsprinted Dogue to claim the biggest win of his career. It was a recurrence of the last event of the WC season good where Choong took a silver fast of the 23-year-old German.

The Briton admitted, “I actually feel a bit sorry for Marvin because I did the same thing to him in Prague. But it textures so good to have the Olympic 2020 place.”

It was an additional hard lesson for Dogue Jr who said, I tried my best to push myself as hard as I can but I will have to keep employed on my sprints because this shouldn’t happen again.

Li shaped a superb Laser-Run, rising 15 places to claim his first medal at a senior UIPM competition. The 22-year-old completed a youthful podium and said, “I am a very young athlete and this is my first time at the World Cup Final, and I am very happy.”

After hot and humid conditions on Friday, the men had to cope with a sustained downpour on the Laser-Run. It was another test for the facility and the organizers, but one UIPM President Dr. Klaus Schormann felt they handled perfectly well.

Joseph Choong Claims UIPM World Cup Final to Secure Olympic 2020 Berth

“Again, in the conditions, the organizing committee has done extremely well to organize spectators and a very special atmosphere in all disciplines. The sportspersons like this and so do we.” – UIPM President Dr. Klaus Schumann.

He added. “It was a huge surprise to see the Chinese athlete come from so far away to finish third. This is a big instant for our Union and it’s good to have Asia on the podium.”

The three-day test event concludes on Sunday (30th June) with the Mixed Relay. London 2012 champion Laura Asadauskaite took the women’s World Cup Final on Friday to ensure she would compete in Tokyo Olympic 2020 games next year.

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