The Pentathlon GB duo finished fourth in the men’s relay in Sofia, Bulgaria on Tuesday, just one second behind the bronze-medallists from Poland. Russia and the Czech Republic took gold and silver respectively after a thrilling combined run/shoot.
Cooke and Choong’s combined 200m freestyle swimming time of 1:47.94 was more than three seconds quicker than their nearest challengers, while their record of 24 wins from 48 bouts in the fencing left them second overall at the halfway stage.
As can often be the case in modern pentathlon, the ride proved critical as five knockdowns and seven time penalties meant the Brits dropped to sixth overall and left them just slightly too much to do in the combined event.
The women’s relay on Monday saw University of Bath graduate Joanna Muir and Sociology student Georgia Pipes finish seventh overall on their European Championships debut.