KHAISIUNG CITY, TAIPEI, R.O.C.-Margaux Isaksen continued her success on the international stage at the finals of the Junior World Championships by capturing the bronze medal in a talent filled field. Isaksen represented the US at the Beijing Olympics last August and won the Youth A World Championship gold medal in 2008. In this event she used her strong running ability to move into medal position in the final combined event, bring home a medal for the US.
The high temperatures in Taipei only added to the intense level of competition. There were several competitors (including Isaksen) who are ranked in the top 36 of the UIPM senior world ranking list. Isaksen finished the first event of the day with a strong winning streak in the fencing, winning 10 of her last 13 bouts. Her swim time of 2:16 was two seconds faster than her semi-final time.
Her nearly perfect riding score of 1180 placed her solidly in fifth position to start the combined event. Isaksen proved that her focus improves with each stop at the shooting station by missing only twice during her last target series and making up for some earlier misses and easily outdistancing Sarolta Kovacs of Hungary by 10 seconds to achieve the bronze medal.
Aya Medany of Egypt continued her domination of the women's pentathlon scene by adding the Junior World Championship gold medal to her collection of 2 gold and 1 silver medal from the 2009 senior World Cup Series.
The results of the Women's Final can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Isaksen achieved her position in the finals as she easily qualified in the semi-final competition which was held forty-eight hours earlier. Isaksen started the competition with a strong fencing performance of 20 victories with 9 defeats which put her in fifth place with a score of 1000 points. Her swim time of 2:18 earned her another fifth place in the swimming competition. Starting the combined event in fifth place, she had a bit of trouble in the first shooting series dropping to seventh place overall. She quickly recovered her stride and left her shooting station after the third series in first position. Isaksen, Rimsaite (Lithuania), and Kovach (Hungary) easily cruised in together to win their semi-final.
Andrew Jayne (16 year old) and John Gibbons (19) competed in the men's semi-finals, however did not advance to the final. Both showed strong individual performances and competed well against the top juniors in the world, with Gibbons swim of 2:12 and Jayne's personal best of 13:14 in the combined event being the highlights. The results of Qualification Group A (Jayne) can be found HERE and Qualification Group B (Gibbons) can be found HERE.