Jamie, 28, approached home first in the final laser run discipline to finish on 1,477 points and add the European crown to his 2018 World Championship label. The quality of Jamie’s 2016 concerts saw him secure the Rio qualification standard by virtue of his position on the Modern Pentathlon World Ranking List before he went on to finish 14th at the Sports.
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2016 was an incredible year for Jamie, capped by making his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro. The Salisbury born athlete became the World Number 1 ranked male modern pentathlete at the end of May following a 9th place finish in the World Championships in Moscow.
Britain’s Joseph Choong, who won the World Cup Final in June, was fourth. France’s Valentin Prades over 13 points overdue Cooke in second, with Czech Martin Vlach in third. Choong missed out on a podium texture by 11 points, as he finished ahead of fifth-placed Czech Jan Kuf.
Cooke led throughout the day, setting the fastest swimming time and following up with his “best fence of all time” before protecting his lead in the riding discipline. A 16-second benefit going into the conclusive run-shoot was too countless for his rivals to overwhelmed as Cooke demanded a dominant win.
“The fencing for me was a bit of a highlight – everything came together on the day and I kind of couldn’t lose a hit, it was almost comical at one point. I made it slightly difficult for myself on the second shot but I ran well so I’m really pleased.”
Cooke also gained side gold together with Choong and Tom Toolis, who was 15th. Sam Curry, the fourth Briton in the act, was 31st. The top eight finishers automatically qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, while Choong had already qualified due to his World Cup Final success.
GB’s Myles Pillage and Kerenza Bryson gained gold in the mixed relay event on Tuesday before Pillage teamed up with Oliver Murray to triumph in the men’s relay on Wednesday.