By Michael Pavitt

James Cookes victory made it two gold medals for Britain in two days ©UIPMGreat Britain have earned their second gold medal in as many days at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) World Cup series as Jamie Cooke secured victory in the men's event in the United States city of Sarasota.

Following off the back of Samantha Murray's victory in the women's individual event yesterday, Cooke proved to be the most consistent performer in the men's field, but spent most of the day chasing last year's world silver medallist Amro El Geziry.

The Egyptian had recorded a victory in the opening disciplines, firstly claiming 239 points in the fencing, before winning the swimming in 1min 58.50sec.

Cooke was second in the swimming with 1.59.21 and solid results in the fencing and riding events saw him remain in contact with the medal positions heading into the combined event, particularly after El Geziry had only managed a 22nd place finish in the horse riding.

It meant Cooke began the combined event with a deficit of just four seconds to make up on the Egyptian and took full advantage as a mixture of speed and accurate shooting saw him overtake El Geziry and earn World Cup victory.

The next leg of the series will be held in Cairo, Egypt ©UIPMThe next leg of the series will be held in Cairo, Egypt ©UIPM

"We've worked really hard over the winter period, the whole boys' team and the girls' team, and I think it has been reflected here because obviously Samantha won yesterday and Kate (French) came third," Cooke said after his victory.

"It was fantastic to get another medal.

"The plan is Rio [2016 Olympics].

"You've got to take it one step at a time, but it's really good that it's going well and I'm just happy with the result."

The Briton was followed in second place by Russia's Egor Puchkarevskiy and Ilya Frolov, who took silver and bronze respectively, while El Geziry despite winning the opening two events of the day, finished outside the medals after a difficult combined event.

The first World Cup of the season will draw to a close tomorrow with the mixed relay, before the series heads to Egypt, Italy and Hungary before the World Cup Final in Belarus, with the events giving the pentathletes valuable points towards Rio 2016 qualification.

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