Team GB’s modern pentathlon gold medalist is Joseph Choong.
The inaugural men’s modern pentathlon gold medal for Great Britain was won by Joseph Choong.
In a heart-racing event at Tokyo 2020, Joe Choong earned Great Britain’s first-ever men’s Olympic modern pentathlon medal. Choong narrowly defeated Egypt’s Ahmed Elgendy to win the gold medal and make history for Team GB.
Choong missed three shots on his first trip to the range, closing the deficit slightly, but he was flawless the second time around, hitting five shots out of five seconds.
In the 800 meters, however, his opponents were closing in on him, with Egypt’s Ahmed Elgendy leaping up from 13th place and passing Choong on the penultimate lap.
But the British athlete had something left in the tank, and it was neck and neck heading into the final stages before Choong surged away to sprint across the finish line, completing an incredible British double at Tokyo Stadium.
Choong is the first British male to win an Olympic medal in modern pentathlon as an individual.
After Kate French won the women’s competition on Friday, he made it a thrilling British double in Tokyo Stadium.
Choong’s victory brought an end to a 109-year wait for a British male competitor to stand alone on the Olympic podium in the modern pentathlon.
He was second going into the final laser run at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but ended 10th after a poor shooting performance.
However, he has now joined an elite group, as women have dominated the tournament since its inception in 2000.
Choong expressed his astonishment at winning the gold medal in an interview with BBC Sport following the event.
“I’m stunned,” he remarked. I was swearing in my thoughts as I thought down the final straight, ‘he’s not coming, he can’t catch me.’
“There were a few of tough jumps on the route, but I believe I can be satisfied with that compared to a lot of the boys.
“The swimming was good, the fence was good, and the running was tactical; I saved myself for the last two laps in case someone was coming in on me.
“Shooting was a little shaky once more. I thought I was going to pass out after taking eight shots in the first session, but I gathered myself and nailed it this time.”
Choong also spoke on Kate French’s achievement on Friday, noting that her performance had a positive impact on him. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”