The young trio of Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry and Joe Evans made it two medals in two days for Great Britain at the Modern Pentathlon European Championships when they won the men’s team relay bronze in Poland today (Friday).
Their success followed the gold won by Katy Burke, Kate French and Samantha Murray in the women’s team relay on yesterday’s (Thursday) opening day of the championships in Drzonkow.
The men’s trio featured two teenagers – with Curry and Evans still both 19 – and with Cooke the most experienced of the three at just 22.
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB Performance Director, said: “We’ve had a fantastic start to the championships and I’m hoping the momentum will help the athletes over the next five days.
“Today’s medal was a very significant one and another benchmark target accomplished,” he added. “It’s been a long struggle to get to this point with the men’s team. It’s just the start of a longer journey for them. They handled the pressure well, they were there for each other and they looked very solid in a tough combined event today.”
The British team are based at the Pentathlon GB high performance centre at the University of Bath, where both Evans and Curry are also students.
Men’s team relay results
Gold: France (Valentin Belaud, Geoffrey Megi & Valentin Prades) – 6190 points
Silver: Czech Republic (Jan Kuf, Ondrej Polivka & Michal Sedlecky) – 6150 points
Bronze: Great Britain (Jamie Cooke, Sam Curry & Joe Evans) – 6112 points