Will Brady Finishes 14th in His First World Championships; U.S. Team Places 5th Overall
Will Brady (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the top finisher for the U.S. team during Saturday's finals at the 2009 Modern Pentathlon World Championships held at the Crystal Palace in London, England. Competing at his first-ever world championships, Brady placed 14th overall with teammate Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.) finishing 22nd.
Brady started the day by placing 32nd in the fencing competition and 24th in the swim, but he turned in strong performances in the last two events of the day, taking 2nd in the riding and 5th in the combined run/shoot to finish with 5920 points.
Sacksen had placements of 23rd in the fencing, 29th in the swim, 25th in the riding and 12th in the run/shoot to total 5760 points. Hungary's Adam Marosi won the championship title with 6136 points.
In the overall team standings for the week, the U.S. placed 5th out of 22 countries. The combined efforts of Brady, Sacksen and Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas) totaled 16,288 points. Hungary's team of Marosi, Robert Nemeth and Peter Tibolya won the team title with 18,116 points.
The World Championships continue on Sunday with the women's finals. 2008 Olympian Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) will be looking to build on her bronze-medal performance at last month's Junior World Championships. The 17-year-old Isaksen placed 5th in her group during Friday's qualification round.
The World Championships conclude on Monday with Brady and Sacksen competing in the team relay competition.
Men's Final Individual Standings
1. Adam Marosi (HUN)
2. David Svoboda (CZE)
3. Dmytro Kirpulyanskyy (UKR)
4. Robert Nemeth (HUN)
5. Thomas Daniel (AUT)
14. Will Brady (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
22. Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.)
Men's Final Team Standings
2. Czech Republic