Murray and Cooke shine at British Modern Pentathlon Championships
Modern Pentathlon

Murray and Cooke shine at British Modern Pentathlon Championships

06 June 2017 / 10:29

Olympians Samantha Murray and Jamie Cooke showed all their experience as they claimed the British Modern Pentathlon titles at the University of Bath.

With a packed field of athletes, it was Rio 2016 competitors Murray and Cooke who shone brightest with the latter taking her third British title.
British Pentathlon - Women's Podium

The London 2012 Olympic silver medallist lead throughout the day, kicking things off with a season’s best time of 2:11.74 for the swim.

She also came out on top in the fencing sale, picking up 29 victories and just five defeats from her 34 bouts ahead of fellow Rio Olympian Kate French.

Georgia Pipes’ perfect round on the tricky show-jumping course moved her up to fourth ahead of the laser run but Murray was still in control in first place.

And good running and shooting saw the 27-year-old hold onto her lead to become the 2017 Women’s British Modern Pentathlon champion ahead of French and Jo Muir.

“I’m delighted with my performance as I had an all-round strong day across all five disciplines,” said Murray.

“I’ve worked really hard over the past six to eight weeks so it’s nice to see some positive results in the competition.

“Being 2017 British Champion is a great honour and I’m really proud of this achievement.

“It’s always great to win a title and it’s really fulfilling to do this in front of my friends and family at my home training ground.”

The men’s event meanwhile, saw the lead change hands through the day after Cooke showed his prowess in the pool with a time of 2:01.40.
British Pentathlon - Men's Podium

Fellow Rio Olympian Joe Choong set the standard in the fencing sale with 28 victories and just six defeats to take the lead before Tom Toolis then took over top spot after the showjumping round.

An intriguing laser run ensued with the trio unable to be split after the opening three shoots and three runs before Cooke made his decisive break on the final visit to the range, with a rapid final shoot giving him an advantage he would not relinquish.

The 2016 World Cup Final winner pulled further clear on the final lap to take his first ever British crown, 15 seconds ahead of Toolis with Choong in third.

“I’m really pleased to win my first National Pentathlon and especially proud to do it whilst wearing my Dorothy House vest,” he said.

“It was great to see so many younger athletes having a go at the laser run which was running throughout the day and then staying to support both the men and women at the end of a long day.”

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