POSTED: Sunday November 20th 2011

Cooke Becomes the 43rd Modern Pentathlon Junior World Champion

A typical lightning fast swim from Cooke got him back into contention
A typical lightning fast swim from Cooke got him back into contention

Cooke running his way to victory
Cooke running his way to victory

Victory is sweet for Cooke
Victory is sweet for Cooke

Jamie Cooke (GBR) has produced one of the greatest Combined Events in history to come from behind and become the 43rd Junior World Champion.

Pavel Iliashenko (KAZ) managed to hold on to win silver and Alexander Nobis (GER) came from 10th position at the start of the combined event to win bronze.

Cooke started the day terribly, finishing 29th in the fencing, a massive 264 points behind the winner of the discipline Eslam Hamad (EGY). Cooke, who is the swimming world record holder, then produced a phenomenal swim which was over 7 seconds ahead of his nearest rival to burst back into contention.

A near perfect ride, completed his comeback which had him in 5th place heading into the combined event. Precision shooting and lightning quick running meant that Cooke etched his name into the history books and realised his dream of becoming the Junior World Champion.

The 21 year old who has already secured Olympic qualification standard through his 4th position at the Senior European Championships stated: “I didn’t expect to win here today, especially after my terrible fence, were I just could not get a hit. My main goal at this event was to get experience for next year’s senior tour, so I did not place to much pressure on myself. I was 2nd a few years ago and when I realised I had a chance of winning after the 2nd shoot here today I told myself that there would be no way that I would be coming 2nd again. This is a dream come through and gives me so much confidence for the important 2012 Olympic year.”

Iliashenko was so proud to bring a silver medal home for Kazakhstan: “This medal means a lot to me and my country. I am so proud of my performance today, I performed well in all the disciplines and this medal is the perfect way to end 2011.”

Nobis, who had his first full year on the senior circuit this year was overjoyed with his performance: “I am so happy, I can’t believe it. I was so nervous at the start of the day. A 6th place in the fencing relieved this pressure and I started to believe in myself. When I started 10th in the combined event, I did not think I had a chance for a medal so I was relaxed. But in the last 5 shots I realised I was very close to the leaders so I ran as hard as I could and managed to catch 3rd position which was unbelievable.”

A strong overall performance by the Koreans meant they went home with the teams gol medal ahead of a very consistent Russia and Belarus.

Review the full results here:

Stay tuned for the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Relays tomorrow.

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Keywords · Modern Pentathlon · Olympics · Junior World Championships · Buenos Aires · Argentina · Fence · Run · Swim · Ride · Shoot · London · 2012 · Alexander Nobis · Germany · Great Britain · Jamie Cooke

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