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Joe Choong
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Choong at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Nationality British
Born 23 May 1995 (1995-05-23) (age 26)
Orpington, England
Height 186 cm
Weight 78 kg
Sport
Country Great Britain
Sport Modern pentathlon
Coached by Marian Gheorge

Joseph Choong (born 23 May 1995) is a British modern pentathlete. He won the gold medal in the event at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Early life

Choong was born in Orpington, South East London to a Malaysian-Chinese father Michael Choong and a British mother Beverley, who are both doctors. He was privately educated at the independent New Beacon and Whitgift School. He studied at the University of Bath, where he graduated with a degree in mathematics. He also trains at the Pentathlon GB High Performance Centre located at the University. His younger brother Henry is also a modern pentathlete and competed for Great Britain at the 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.

Modern pentathlon

2010-2015

In 2010, Choong became the first British athlete to win the European under-16 modern pentathlon title. He was also part of the British team that won a bronze medal in the relay event.

Choong won the GB Open title and the British Junior Championships in 2013. In 2014 he successfully defended both titles with a score of 1,484 points to finish ahead of Team Bath teammates Joe Evans and Tom Toolis, who scored 1,468 points and 1,446 points respectively. Choong, Evans and Toolis combined to win the team gold medal.

At the 2014 World Modern Pentathlon Championships held in Warsaw, Poland he finished 16th. He qualified for the modern pentathlon at the 2016 Summer Olympics by finishing seventh at the 2015 European Championships held in Bath. Choong was placed fourth after the first three events but dropped out of the top eight during the first laps of the combined run and shooting event before moving back up during the final lap.

2016

In March 2016 at the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) world cup event in Rio, which served as a test event for the Olympics, Choong was the highest placed British athlete, finishing thirteenth. In April 2016 Choong achieved a career best finish in a world cup event as he finished fourth in Rome, five seconds behind the Czech Republic's Jan Kuf who took the bronze medal.

Choong made his debut at the Olympics in Rio in 2016. He went into the final event, the laser run, in second place, but a poor event resulted in a 10th place finish.

2018–2019

At the 2018 European Modern Pentathlon Championships, Choong won his first major individual medal after finishing third. At the 2018 World Modern Pentathlon Championships held in Mexico City, he won a team silver together with and Jamie Cooke and Myles Pillage.

In 2019, Choong won a silver in the individual event at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup held in Sofia, Bulgaria. He also won a team gold at the European Championships with Cooke and Tom Toolis. The following month at the 2019 World Modern Pentathlon Championships held in Hungary, Choong again won silver in the individual event.

2021

In April 2021, Choong won an individual gold at the World Cup held in Sofia.

In August 2021 at the postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Choong took gold in the modern pentathlon event, which is the first ever gold for a British man in modern pentathlon. It followed a win by Kate French in the women's competition at the same Olympics to complete a historic double at the Olympics for Britain, the first time a nation has won both.

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