Jamie Cooke targets second World Cup title during busy week of international modern pentathlon action
Jamie Cooke will bid for a second World Cup gold of the season during a busy week of international competition for the Pentathlon GB athletes who train at the University of Bath.
Cooke – who was victorious in the opening World Cup in Sarasota, USA last month – is named in a six-strong squad for World Cup 2 in Cairo, Egypt from March 19-23.
The former World Junior Champion is joined by Joe Evans, Sam Curry and James Myatt in a men’s squad offering a mix of experience and emerging talent.
World Champion Samantha Murray, who also won gold in Sarasota, is rested for this round, with Freyja Prentice and teenager Francesca Summers selected.
GB Performance Director Jan Bartu explained: “Sam will compete at the World Cups in Rome and Hungary.
“We need to maximise the potential of all our athletes to perform well at the big events like the World and European Championships, and different athletes are on different programmes because of this.
“Every World Cup is important to us and for the athletes attending as we get closer and closer to Olympic qualifying.”
The first opportunities to stake a claim for Rio 2016 are the World Cup Final in June and the European Championships, which are being staged at the University of Bath from August 17-23.
With that in mind, Bartu is also making use of two other international competitions in the coming days.
Former World Champion Mhairi Spence will ease back into top-flight competition at the Swiss Women’s International in Bern on March 21.
She will be joined by Jo Muir, who made her World Cup debut last month, and youngsters Georgia Pipes and Maili Mackenzie.
Double Olympian Nick Woodbridge, who is also on the comeback trail, will contest the Budapest Cup in Hungary from March 19-21, along with Joseph Choong, Tom Toolis, Luke Tasker and Tommy Lees.