March 27, 2009-Mexico City-After two days of hotly contested semi-final competition, four members of the USA Pentathlon National Team qualified for the men's and women's final competition to be held on Saturday March 28 and Sunday March 29, respectively. Sam Sacksen led the men's contingent with a second place finish in the Group B semi-final. Eli Bremer also qualified achieving an 18th place position in the same group. Will Brady was the US qualifier in the Group A qualification group, capturing an 18th place spot to move on to the field of 36 in the men's final. Margaux Isaksen ran to a fifth place finish in the women's qualification and will represent the USA in the women's final on Sunday.
The weather was perfect for both days of the competition which was hosted by the Fereracion Mexicano Pentatlon Moderno at the CNAR Sports Complex in Mexico City. The venue facilities were top notch with all activities less than a 50 yard walk apart. The men's competition kicked off with the Group A fencing on Thursday morning. The Group B qualification group swimming was held concurrently. Dennis Bowsher and Brady finished 21st (10v-18d) and 24th (9v-19d) respectively in the fencing. In the pool, Bremer placed 9th (2:08) and Sacksen finished 16th (2:12). The groups switched venues and completed the day with Sacksen finishing 12th (14v-13d) and Bremer 18th (13v-14d) in the fencing competition. Bowsher swam to a 7th place finish with a time of 2:10. Will Brady completed the 200 meter swim in 2:15 earning a19th place. The combined running and shooting competition for the men was delayed until Friday mid-day due to some technical issues.
The combined event (run/shoot) was held for the first time in a World Cup competition this morning when the first man left the starting gate at 12:30 pm. Will Brady put in a brilliant performance moving up from 23rd place overall to 18th which qualified him for the finals. His time of 12:26 was the 3rd best performance in his qualification group.
The women's qualification started with the Group A fencing. Margaux Isaksen fenced to an 11th place finish (13v-11d). Daelyn Chase who was competing in her first World Cup went to the pool with the Group B qualification group and turned in a time of 2:30 achieving a 15th place finish. When they switched, Isaksen won the swimming event with a sterling 2:18 time. Isaksen rolled into the finals with a fifth place overall turning in a time of 15:21 for the combined run-shoot event.
For complete results and further details check the UIPM website at http://pentathlon.org/index.php?id=31. There should be updates throughout the day with live streaming video of the riding and combined events.