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Debutant Pillage impresses in Mexico City to book his place in World Champs final

PLYMOUTH pentathlete Myles Pillage produced a sensational performance on his individual debut at the UIPM World Championships to book his place in the men’s final.

The 20-year-old was in top form in Mexico City to finish second in his tough qualification pool.

He will be joined in the 36-man final by his Great Britain team-mates Jamie Cooke and Joe Choong, who are both Olympians. However, fellow Brit Sam Curry missed out on progressing.

A bumper entry in Mexico meant there were three qualification pools each featuring nearly 30 competitors with only the top 10 in each guaranteed progression.

Pillage found himself in the same pool as fellow GB athlete Choong. Both impressed in the opening discipline – the swimming. Pillage stopped the clock in 1:56.74 with Choong a second behind in 1:57.74 as the pair took the top two places in the group.

The fence followed a similar theme with the British duo matching each other throughout the discipline. Both finished with 17 victories and 10 defeats from their 27 bouts.

That meant they sat second and third in the standings going into the laser-run, where they both retained their positions.

The fencing for the men’s final takes place on Wednesday, with the rest of the disciplines on Thursday.

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