British fans pushed me to silver medal in Prague, says Choong

British fans pushed me to silver medal in Prague, says Choong

27 May 2019 / 08:42
Modern Pentathlete Joe Choong believes the strong British support in Prague pushed him on to win World Cup silver medal.

The Rio 2016 Olympian won the second World Cup medal of his career having picked up his first in Sofia last month.

Choong just pipped Germany’s Marvin Dogue by a single point as he finished with 1481 points, with Russia’s Aleksander Lesun topping the podium with 1489 points.

The Brit had been fourth going into the laser run but managed to overhaul the gap and finish in second place overall with his time of 10:51.84.

He had finished ninth in the fencing, third in the swimming and 17th in the riding earlier in the competition.

 

And Choong was full of praise for all the British fans cheering him on.

“I felt a little bit tired heading into today as I’ve done three consecutive World Cups but I managed to dig deep and find something,” he said.

“A lot of the GB team have our families out here and I passed them on the final lap and could hear them cheering.

“That support gave me the extra motivation for the last push. I went through a lot of pain on the last lap but it is worth it when you come out with silver.”

Two of Choong’s teammates were also in action in Prague, with James Cooke finishing in 12th – his strongest displays were a second-place in the swimming and fifth in the laser run.

Thomas Toolis finished 20th with his best performance coming in the pool where he finished tenth.

Choong added: “As a British team, we’re having a fantastic season and it shows everything is working back at home. We all also really looking forward to the European Championships in Bath.

“I could hear the Brits almost as loudly as the Czech fans and there were only a handful of parents here so it should be amazing with hopefully hundreds of British fans cheering us on in August.”

It was also a successful weekend for the British women in the Czech capital, with Kate French and Jess Varley winning gold and bronze respectively.

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