James Cooke

James Cooke

Modern Pentathlon

  • Date of Birth 03/03/1991
  • Born Cheltenham

BIOGRAPHY

James Cooke became the first British male to win gold at the modern pentathlon World Championships in 25 years in 2018.

The Cheltenham Olympian was sat in third place going into the final 3km cross country event, but he managed to pip Frenchman Valentin Prades to the line by 0.03 seconds in Mexico.

The success was long in the making for the Bath based athlete who established himself as one of the country’s finest modern pentathletes after winning the World Junior Championships in Argentina in 2011.

At Rio 2016, Cooke finished 14th in the men's event, four places behind teammate Joe Choong.

Prior to Rio, he won a third World Cup gold of his career in Kecskemet, Hungary, in April and sealed his Team GB spot at the World Championships in Moscow – finishing eighth.

That came after missing out on a spot at London 2012 behind Nick Woodbridge and Samuel Weale.

The Bath Spa University graduate claimed his first ever British title in Bath in 2017 and holds the modern pentathlon swimming Olympic record thanks to a scintillating time of 1:55.60 in Brazil.

Cooke’s individual victory at the 2018 World Championships in Mexico City was quickly followed by a silver medal in the team championships after Choong finished ninth and Myles Pillage 34th.

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