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Team GB win Britain’s first-ever gold in men’s modern pentathlon

Written by on 07/08/2021

Great Britain’s Joe Choong has won the men’s modern pentathlon at Tokyo Stadium.

The 26-year-old was in joint first after Thursday’s fencing and finished third in the 200 metres freestyle swim for a points total of 571.

It is the first-ever Olympic medal for Britain’s men in modern pentathlon.

Team GB tweeted: “Choong also becomes the first British male to win an individual Olympic medal in the modern pentathlon.”

Joe Choong of Great Britain during the Modern Pentathlon,
Image: Joe Choong of Great Britain during the Modern Pentathlon

His medal is the second for Team GB in the modern pentathlon at Tokyo 2020, after Kate French won the women’s title on Friday night.

Speaking after his win, he told the BBC: “I’m in shock. I was swearing in my head.

“There were a couple of heavy jumps on the ride, the swim was good, the fencing was good and the running was pretty tactical. The shooting was pretty sketchy but I pulled myself together.”

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Asked how it felt watching French winning the gold medal, he described Friday as an “absolute rollercoaster” and called her a “legend”.

He said it was a “dream come true”, adding: “I couldn’t let Kate have all the limelight. I felt the pressure to keep up with her and get one for the boys.”

Team GB tweeted: “Golden double.”

French, 30, from Kent, became Britain’s second Olympic champion in the event, following Stephanie Cook, who was the first female Olympic champion in Sydney, while Kate Allenby, Georgina Harland, Heather Fell and Samantha Murray have all won medals for Britain.

She told the BBC on Friday: “I actually don’t know what just happened – I can’t believe it right now.

“I just knew I had to focus, and I knew I could do it if I focused on my shooting and ran as fast as I could.

“Thanks to my team supporting here and to my family at home. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

 Sky News

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