16 Jan 2017
Modern Pentathlon: OW Sam Curry tops the first British Ranking competition of 2017

Sam Curry start seasons with NRC1 victory

Kate French and Sam Curry enjoyed the perfect start to their 2017 seasons as they claimed victories in the first Pentathlon GB National Ranking Competition of the year. Both athletes enjoyed similar days with the combined laser-run proving to be the cornerstone of their success.

The competition, which was held at the University of Bath - Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre - In the men’s event, Myles Pillage produced a sublime sub 2-minute swim to take the lead after the opening discipline ahead of Bradley Sutton and Henry Choong. In the fencing salle it was Joe Choong who excelled as he topped the discipline standings ahead of fellow 2016 Olympian Jamie Cooke with Tom Toolis and Sam Curry finishing joint 3rd with 21 victories and 12 defeats. It meant another fascinating laser-run developed with the top 5 of Joe Choong, Pillage, Toolis, Cooke and Curry separated by just 26 seconds at the start.

As in the preceding Women’s heat, the top 5 positions changed throughout the 3200m course. Eventually it was Curry, who is currently studying at King’s College in London, who prevailed with the quickest time of the day. He was followed across the line by Pillage, Toolis, Choong and Cooke, setting the order ahead of the ride, the final discipline of the day.

In his first competition since Rio, Joe Choong withdrew before the ride leaving Curry, Pillage and Toolis to battle it out for victory. Toolis knocked 2 poles down but moved ahead of Pillage into 2nd after the 18 year-old suffered a difficult round. It gave Curry some breathing space ahead of his ride and he finished the day in style with a wonderful clear round to pick up the maximum 300 points and claim a comfortable victory.

Behind the top 3, Bath based trio Cooke, Bradley Sutton and Jamie Harper finished 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. Cambridge University’s Paul Hodgson finished 7th ahead of Plymouth College’s Edward Clark with Josh Miller and Henry Choong rounding out the top 10.

The second National Ranking Competition of the year takes place next month, also at the University of Bath and West Wilts Equestrian Centre.

Link: http://pentathlongb.org/news/post/kate-french-and-sam-curry-start-seasons-nrc1-victories