Székesfehérvár, Hungary. Margaux Isaksen continued her impressive 2009 World Cup season with another top ten finish in Hungary on Saturday (May 16). Her seventh place finish in a strong field which included the Athens (2004) and Beijing (2008) Olympic gold medalists, combined with her ninth place finish in Mexico City last month to move Isaksen into the top twenty-five (22nd) of the UIPM world rankings. Isaksen's finish moved her into tenth place in the World Cup series standings even though she did not compete in World Cup 2 in Cairo, Egypt two weeks ago.
Head coach, Janusz Peciak says that Margaux "shows again improvement and great potential for 2012." Isaksen started the competition day with a very strong fencing performance. She remained in the top three positions through the first 26 out of 35 bouts, but then had some setbacks in her last ten bouts to finish in 17th position with a score of 832. From there the competition shifted to the swimming pool where Isaksen improved her overall position with a strong sixth place finish in the 200 meter event. After a nearly perfect riding score of 1180 where she only pulled one rail, Isaksen had worked her way back to the eighth position for the start of the final event, the combined run/shoot. Her first series of targets went down in 35 seconds which moved her into seventh position. Her five perfect shots in the second target series moved Isaksen into a potential medal spot as she left the shooting station in second place just behind eventual silver medalist Amelie Caze of France and just ahead of eventual gold medalist Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania. However, the final set of targets gave her some trouble, and her final spot was a strong seventh overall in the competition. Her place in the combined event was sixth overall, proving that she has developed mastery of this phase as well.
Peciak and Isaksen travel to Warsaw, Poland to rejoin the men's national team for a few days of training before they all travel to Rome, Italy on Wednesday, May 20 to compete in the final World Cup of the 2009 season.