Cooke set for season's first World Cup final

Great Britain modern pentathlete Jamie Cooke booked his place in the first World Cup final of the season in Acapulco on Saturday after easing through his heat in second.

The 22-year-old will be the sole representative of a young Great Britain team – featuring Sam Curry, Joe Evans and Tom Toolis – at Saturday’s final.

Only home favourite, Mexico’s Jorge Insunza, stood in his way in heat C after finishing up with 1130 points in second place – comfortably inside the top eight qualifiers.

Pentathlon GB Performance Director Jan Bartu said: “Jamie’s swimming performance is coming back, he fenced well and had a reasonable combined event, qualifying safely for the final.”

Curry performed admirably by finishing 13th with 1086 points in heat A, and could have drawn himself closer into contention before faltering at the shooting range.

Evans came home in 23rd in heat B with 1028 points after recently recovering from illness, while Toolis ended the first World Cup of the season with 1051 points and 20th place in heat C.

Great Britain’s immediate attentions now turn to the women’s final on Friday night, with Kate French, Jo Muir, Freyja Prentice and Samantha Murray all in action after a successful round of heats on Wednesday.