|For Immediate Release|
October 5, 2008
Eli Bremer Wins Bronze and Dennis Bowsher Finishes Fourth To Lead U.S. at the 2008 Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in Portugal
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo./Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force) and Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas/Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) finished with the bronze medal and fourth place respectively to lead a team of four U.S. athletes competing in the 2008 Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in Caldas de Rainha, Portugal to wrap up the 2008 modern pentathlon season on a high note.
Bremer, disappointed with his 22nd place finish at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, recorded the best finish to date in his modern pentathlon career today winning the bronze medal with 5,604 total modern pentathlon points. Bremer had one of his better days in shooting to get his day off to a strong start with a shoot of 180 for 1,096 points. He was the second best fencer with 21victories and only 10 defeats for 972 points. His swim time of 2:01.16 earned him 1,348 points. His ride garnered him 1,064 points. In his best event, the run, Bremer ran a time of 9:29.56 for 1,124 points to finish with 5,604 points, just eight points shy of the silver medal.
Having just narrowly missed making the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas/Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army) entered the 2008 World Cup Final on a mission. His intense training helped him to finish fourth just eight points behind Bremer with 5,596 total modern pentathlon points. Bremer and Bowsher finished second and third, respectively in the run to secure their final placing in the event.
Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa./Colorado Springs, Colo.), the final American male in the event placed 20th overall with 5,296 points. Sacksen led the U.S. with an 18th place finish at the 2008 Olympic Games, his last competition prior to this event.
The lone American competing in the women's World Cup Final was 16-year-old Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark./Colorado Springs, Colo.) who came into the event fresh off her historic 2008 Youth A World Championship gold medal and a 21st place performance at the 2008 Olympic Games. Isaksen scored 5,100 points in Saturday's women's competition to finish in 20th place overall.
Individual event scores for Team USA are listed below:
2008 Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final - Caldas de Rainha, Portugal
Eli Bremer - Bronze Medal - 5,604 points
Shoot - 180 (1,096 points)
Fence - 21V and 10D (972 points)
Swim - 2:01.16 (1,348 points)
Ride - 1,064
Run - 9:29.56 (1,124 points)
Dennis Bowsher - Fourth Place - 5,596 points
Shoot - 181 (1,108 points)
Fence - 17V and 14D (860 points)
Swim - 2:00.73 (1,352 points)
Ride - 1,172
Run - 9:34.16 (1,104 points)
Sam Sacksen - 20th Place - 5,604 points
Shoot - 180 (1,096 points)
Fence - 11V and 20D (692 points)
Swim - 2:07.29 (1,276 points)
Ride - 1,152
Run - 9:40.42 (1,080 points)
Margaux Isaksen - 20th Place - 5,100 points
Shoot - 164 (904 points)
Fence - 7V and 20D (616 points)
Swim - 2:15.82 (1,292 points)
Ride - 1,200
Run - 10:58.44 (1,088 points)
Representing the United States of America at the 2008 Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in Caldas de Rainha, Portugal were:
Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark./Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas/Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Army)
Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo./Colorado Springs, Colo./U.S. Air Force)
Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa./Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Head Coach: Janusz Peciak (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
For more information and complete event results, please visit www.pentathlon.org.
For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, NGB Media Services Director for USA Pentathlon at 719-866-4608. This press release is also available on the USOC's media specific website at www.usocpressbox.org.