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World’s best modern pentathlete sets up SHOOTING RANGE in back garden with Team GB team-mate


WE’RE used to fencing in the garden… but not shooting!

Britain’s Joe Choong – the world No1 men’s modern pentathlete – has found a novel way to keep training during lockdown.


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 Pentathlete Jamie Choong has set-up a shooting range in his garden

Pentathlete Jamie Choong has set-up a shooting range in his garden

 Choong is ensuring he keeps his eye in during lockdown

Choong is ensuring he keeps his eye in during lockdown

Making use of the warm weather, Choong and his GB team-mate and flatmate Sam Curry have set-up a makeshift shooting range in their own GARDEN in Bath.

But don’t worry – they are using laser-sighted pistols so they won’t be scaring the neighbours or any birds.

The 24-year-old, who was 10th at the Rio 2016 Olympics, will be among the favourites for gold at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Choong told SunSport: “We have to make the most out of a bad situation. It’s not ideal training.

“We have our laser pistols and there are targets we can set up.

“We have a communal garden so it’s big enough to shoot the proper distance – about 10m.

“People who live more centrally in Bath wouldn’t have a garden at all, so it might be difficult.

“It’s impossible to train with horses now – that will change once we get out of lockdown.

“And swimming is completely impossible with no pools open in the country.

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“We have made a home gym, using resistance bands and what little we have.

“The biggest concern during lockdown is making sure we stay disciplined and stay fit and healthy.

“I am lucky I am not an older athlete. For older stars, it will be a massie challenge to go another year and stay in shape.”


Source: Athletics - thesun.co.uk

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