Joe Choong won the first World Cup medal of his career

Britain’s Olympic pentathlete Joe Choong claimed his first World Cup medal with an impressive silver in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Choong, who won European bronze last year, performed a brilliant sprint in the final 150m of the laser-run on Saturday to clinch second place.

“To see the hard work pay off was really encouraging,” Choong, 23, said.

Manuel Padilla of Mexico took gold with German Fabian Liebig third, while Briton Tom Toolis was a strong sixth.

Britain’s world champion Jamie Cooke came 16th after difficulties in the shooting range.

In the mixed relay event on Sunday, Francesca Summers and Jamie Cooke won silver for Britain, in what is the second Pentathlon World Cup of the 2019 season.

Marta Kobecka and Jaroslaw Swiderski won gold for Poland, while Rebecca Langrehr and Marvin Dogue of Germany claimed bronze.

Individual world champion Cooke said: “It’s been good fun here with Frankie – we had a really good swim and then she carried me through the fencing, we both had a good ride and then a good laser-run too.

“Competition is really strong in our team and the team spirit is strong, too. We are all aiming to do well in the European Championships in Bath [in August].

“Going into an Olympic qualifying year, it’s an individual sport so there is rivalry between us, but it’s a fantastic squad and and we support each other as well as competing against each other.”

Summers added: “I’m really happy that all the hard training has paid off today and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

On Friday, in the women’s event, GB’s Summers (fourth) and Joanna Muir (ninth) secured the best World Cup results of their careers.

The women’s individual event was won by Marie Oteiza of France with Lithuanian London 2012 Olympic champion Laura Asadauskaite second and Italian Alice Sotero taking home bronze.

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