U.S. athletes Will Brady (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and 2008 Olympian Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.) were among the 36 competitors to qualify for the finals of the 2009 Modern Pentathlon World Championships at the Crystal Palace in London, England. Thursday's opening day of competition consisted of fencing, swimming and the newly combined run/shoot disciplines, and featured 94 athletes vying to advance to Saturday's final. The field was broken into three groups with the top 12 in each group moving on.
Brady placed ninth in the fencing, 12th in swimming, and seventh in the combined run/shoot to finish eighth in Group B with 4824 points.
Sacksen turned in a commanding performance in the run/shoot portion, clocking the fastest time of 11:00.03 in Group A. His 12th-place finish in the fencing and 25th-place finish in the swim gave him 4752 points and 11th place in the group.
Also competing in Group A was 2008 Olympian Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo.). Bremer placed sixth in the fencing and 10th in the swim, but faltered in the combined run/shoot finishing 29th in that discipline, leaving him 22nd overall with 4528 points.
The fourth member of the U.S. team, Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas), finished 21st overall in Group C. He placed 14th in the fencing, 22nd in the swim and 12th in the combined run/shoot. Bowsher totaled 4608 points for the day.
The world championships continue on Friday with the women's individual qualification. Seventeen-year-old American Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) will be looking to build on her bronze-medal performance at last month's Junior World Championships.
Finals for the men will be held Saturday with the women's finals slated for Sunday. The world championships conclude on Monday with the team relay competitions.
Thursday's Finalists from Men's Individual Competition