Seventeen-year-old Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) will be competing in the 2009 Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final this weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The men's final will be held Saturday and the women's final on Sunday.
A World Cup Series has been organized since 1990. Each year between four and six World Cup competitions are organized, leading to a World Cup Final for the top 36 athletes. An athlete's three best World Cup competitions are used as a qualifying criterion.
Isaksen finished seventh in the World Cup standings this year. She placed ninth at World Cup #1 in Mexico City, seventh at World Cup #3 in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, and fourth at World Cup #4 in Rome.
A 2008 Olympian, Isaksen has enjoyed a solid 2009 season, capturing the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in Taipei and gold medals at the U.S. Senior Nationals, Youth A Nationals, and NORCECA Championships. She also finished 17th at last months World Championships in London.
Follow this weekend's action at the World Cup website HERE.