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USA Pentathletes Margaux Isaksen, Mickey Kelly and Sheila Taormina Advance to Saturday's Final World Cup #5 in Kladno, Czech Republic

May 08, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
For Immediate Release May 8, 2008 USA Pentathletes Margaux Isaksen, Mickey Kelly and Sheila Taormina Advance to Saturday's Final World Cup #5 in Kladno, Czech Republic COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-The women's race for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for Modern Pentathlon remains tight with the top three U.S. women all advancing through today's semifinal to Saturday's final of the fifth World Cup of the 2008 modern pentathlon season in Kladno, Czech Republic. Sheila Taormina (Livonia, Mich.) and Michelle "Mickey"Kelly (Chatham, N.Y./Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) finished 10th and 13th respectively in the Group A semifinal while Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark./Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished first in the Group B semifinal to all advance to Saturday's final. Emily Shertzer (Hershey, Pa./Colorado Springs, Colo.), the fourth and final U.S. woman competing in World Cup #5 just missed advancing to the final as she placed 19th in the Group B semifinal. Please see below for the full U.S. results from today's semifinal round of World Cup #5 in Kladno, Czech Republic. The U.S. men will compete tomorrow in semifinal action. Like the women, the men will also be looking to earn valuable Olympic qualifying points in the final World Cup of the Olympic qualifying season. Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas/Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army,) who currently leads the U.S. men, will be joined by Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa./Colorado Springs, Colo.), Niul Manske (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) and Will Brady (Colorado Springs, Colo.). Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo./Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force) elected to not compete in World Cup #5 and focus his energies on the upcoming 2008 Modern Pentathlon World Championships, May 29 to June 3, in Budapest, Hungary. 2008 World Cup #5-Kladno, Czech Republic Individual event scores for Team USA are listed below: Women's Semifinal Group A Sheila Taormina-10th Place-4,076 points Shoot-168 (952 points) Fence-10V and 16D (712 points) Swim-2:07.53 (1,392 points) Run-11:15.80 (1,020 points) Mickey Kelly-13th Place-4,064 points Shoot-169 (964 points) Fence-11V and 15D (748 points) Swim-2:22.77 (1,208 points) Run-10:44.28 (1,144 points) Group B Margaux Isaksen-First Place-4,140 points Shoot-184 (1,144 points) Fence-16V and 10D (928 points) Swim-2:18.99 (1,256 points) Run-12:07.78 (812 points) Emily Shertzer-19th Place-4,040 points Shoot-170 (976 points) Fence-9V and 17D (676 points) Swim-2:30.73 (1,112 points) Run-10:11.40 (1276 points) Representing the United States of America in World Cup #5 in Kladno, Czech Republic are: Women: Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark./Colorado Springs, Colo.) Michelle "Mickey"Kelly (Chatham, N.Y./Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) Emily Shertzer (Hershey, Pa./Colorado Springs, Colo.) Sheila Taormina (Livonia, Mich.) Men: Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas/Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) 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.) Assistant Coach: Scott Christie (Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) For the USA Pentathletes the primary goal from this World Cup event is earning valuable ranking points in hopes of qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Two key competitions remain in the UIPM (Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne) Olympic Selection Process, World Cup #5 May 8-11 in Kladno, Czech Republic and the 2008 World Modern Pentathlon Championships, May 29-June 1 in Budapest, Hungary. These two remaining competitions will be critical in determining the athletes that will receive UIPM invitations to compete in the 2008 Olympic Games. For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, USA Pentathlon Elite Athlete Media Services Director at 719-866-4608. This press release is also available on the USOC's media specific website at www.usocpressbox.org.
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