The Rio 2016 Olympians were in medal contention throughout the day after being one of only five teams to break the two-minute barrier in the opening 200m freestyle swim.
They then surged to the top of the leaderboard with 28 victories and just 16 defeats in the fencing, French continuing her fine form from the previous week’s World Championships in Egypt as the Brits recorded four more wins than any other partnership.
After picking up 275 points in the ride, French and Cooke went into the decisive run-shoot just five seconds behind Russia and level with France. They held off a strong challenge from Belarus to maintain their grip on second place, finishing only three seconds adrift of home duo Gulnaz Gubaydullina and Aleksandr Lesun – Olympic and World Champions respectively.
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