USA Pentathlete Sam Sacksen Finishes 21st in the Men's Final of World Cup #1 in Cairo, Egypt
For Immediate Release February 23, 2008 USA Pentathlete Sam Sacksen Finishes 21st in the Men's Final of World Cup #1 in Cairo, Egypt COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa./Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished 21s today in the men's final of the first World Cup stop of the season in Cairo, Egypt. Sacksen was the only U.S. male to make the final. The remaining four World Cup stops during the Olympic qualification period will be critical to determining the athletes that will make up the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for Modern Pentathlon. The 2008 World Modern Pentathlon Championships, May 27-31 in Budapest, Hungary, will serve as a direct Olympic qualifier for the top three finishers who have not already qualified their spot for the Olympic Games. The final and most likely way for the U.S. to qualify for a final Olympic slot will be through the Modern Pentathlon World Rankings for the Olympic qualification period of June 1, 2007-June 1, 2008. This final means of qualification will go to the top seven ranked athletes that have not already qualified by some other means. Each country can only qualify a maximum of two men and two women. If the U.S. has more than two men or two women that meet the qualification criteria, USA Pentathlon will determine the two Olympic representatives based on the two highest ranked U.S. athletes in the World Cup standings. Please see below for the U.S. results from today's men's final competition: 2007 World Cup #1-Cairo, Egypt Individual event scores for Team USA are listed below: Men's Final Sam Sacksen-21st Place-5,200 points Shoot - 183 (1,132 points) Fence - 13V and 21D (736 points) Swim - 2:14.17 (1,192 points) Riding-(1,116 points) Run - 9:54.63 (1,024 points) For complete results from the 2008 World Cup #1 in Cairo, Egypt, please visit the UIPM website at www.pentathlon.org. Representing the United States of America in World Cup #1 in Cairo, Egypt were: Women: Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark./Colorado Springs, Colo.) Michelle "Mickey" Kelly (Chatham, N.Y./Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) Emily Shertzer (Hershey, Penn./Colorado Springs, Colo.) Sheila Taormina (Livonia, Mich.) Men: Will Brady (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Niul Manske (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa./Colorado Springs, Colo.) Head Coach: Janusz Peciak (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Riding Coach: Michael Cintas (Rancho Mirage, Calif.) For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, United States Olympic Committee NGB Services Manager at 719-866-4608. This press release is also available on the USOC's media specific website at www.usocpressbox.org.