Choong outsprinted his rival to win gold in the men’s event at the 2019 World Cup Final. By winning, he has also won a quota to compete at the Olympics. The World Cup Final is currently being held in Tokyo, Japan from June 27th to June 30th.
The fencing round was topped by Russia’s Alexander Lesun whom scored 26 victories and 258 points and finished ahead of 2018 World Championship bronze medalist Pavlo Tymoshchenko of Ukraine and Germany’s Patrick Dogue whom finished the round with 241 and 238 points respectively.
The 200m freestyle swimming portion was won by 2018 World champion James Cooke of Great Britain whom finished with a time of 1:57.59, edging out his compatriot Joseph Choong whom touched the wall at 1:58.14. This result moved Choong to second place with a total of 546, behind Lesun’s 554 while Belarus’ Ivan Khamtsou was third at 537.
Unfortunately for Khamtsou he withdrew from the riding portion, effectively eliminating him from contention. Lesun and Choong remained as the top two with 847 and 832 points respectively while Patrick Dogue moved up to third place with 824 points. In total five riders had a perfect run, scoring the maximum of 300 points.
Despite holding a 15 second lead over the rest of the field Lesun was eventually caught and passed by the pack and ultimately finished seventh. The race came down to Choong and Germany’s Marvin Dogue and while Marvin Dogue attempted to catch Choong at the end it was not enough as he finished just a second behind for the silver medal. The bronze medal was won by China’s Li Shuhuan whom had the second-best combined score to move up 15 spots. The best combined time was the Czech Republic’s Martin Vlach whom finished with a non-delayed time of 10:37.10.
The Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final continues tomorrow, but only the individual events offered Olympic quotas. The next opportunity for athletes to qualify in this event will be at their respective continental events.
* Great Britain