Top-ten finishes are best yet for pentathletes Francesca Summers and Tom Toolis at Cairo World Cup

02 March 2019

Francesca Summers, Tom Toolis and University of Bath student Myles Pillage all recorded personal best finishes at a World Cup as Pentathlon GB made an encouraging start to the 2019 season in Cairo, Egypt.

Former World Junior Champion Summers won 20 of her 35 fencing bouts and produced a flawless ride to sit sixth going into the combined run-shoot, a position she maintained to finish on the wider podium in the women’s final.

Charlie Follett, competing in her first World Cup final, finished 32nd and Kerenza Bryson was 36th after a long and tough day in the Egyptian capital.

Tom Toolis. PICTURES: Ehab Eid

The men’s final saw Sport & Exercise Science graduate Toolis record his first top-ten finish at a World Cup. He was in the leading pack throughout the day and was third going into the final discipline but had to settle for ninth overall after a close-fought run-shoot.

Biochemistry student Pillage, who is supported by a Trendell Sporting Scholarship, set the fastest time in the 200m freestyle swim on his way to a 22nd-place finish in his first World Cup final.

The second World Cup of 2019 takes place in Sofia from April 10-14 as a busy international season continues. Before that, Pentathlon GB athletes will be in action at the French Open Championships (March 16&17) and the Swiss Women International (March 30).

The big focus for the year is the 2019 Modern Pentathlon European Championships, a Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying event taking place at the University of Bath Sports Training Village from August 6-11. Tickets are on sale now, click here to find out more.

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