2018 World Champion James Cooke added a European title by winning the men’s individual race at the 2019 European Modern Pentathlon Championships. In terms of Olympic qualification, the eight highest performing eligible nations qualified their highest ranked athlete. The European Modern Pentathlon Championships is currently being held in Bath, Great Britain from August 4th to August 11th 2019.
The fencing round, including the bonus round was won by Russia’s Alexander Lifanov whom scored 27 wins over his competitors, scoring a total of 264 points. A relatively poor swimming portion however pushed him into second place at 554 points as the winner of the 200m freestyle, James Cooke of Great Britain swam 1:58.27 to earn a total of 565 points. The riding portion was won by Austria’s Gustav Gustenau whom earned a total of 295 points. Cooke however, still led the way with a total of 840 points, sixteen more than his compatriot Joseph Choong going into the final stage.
The combined shooting and running race was won by Martin Vlach of the Czech Republic whom finished with a time of 10:31.93. This won him the bronze medal with a total score of 1460. The gold medal was won by Cooke whom finished with a score of 1477 points while France’s Valentin Prades won the silver medal scoring 1464. The eight Olympic quotas were won by Great Britain, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania, Russia and Germany.
The next opportunity for European nations to qualify in the men’s individual will be at the 2019 World Championships to be held in September. The European Championships continues tomorrow with quotas being decided in the women’s individual event.