World Championships Begin Wednesday
The 50th Modern Pentathlon Senior World Championships are set to take place on September 1-7 in Chengdu, China. Athletes from 28 countries are set to battle for the title of 50th Modern Pentathlon World Champion.
Five American athletes, including three 2008 Olympians, will be in the field. The U.S. men's team features Will Brady (Howell, Mich.), Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.), Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo.) and Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas), while Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) will represent the U.S. in the women's competition. Sacksen, Bremer and Iskasen were members of the 2008 Olympic Team in Beijing.
Brady finished a strong 14th and Sacksen was 22nd at last year's world championships. The duo also teamed up to place 12th in the men's team relay. Isaksen was 17th in the women's event in 2009 which was held in London, England.
The U.S. team is coached by Janusz Peciak, two-time world champion from Poland (1977 & 1981), and riding coach Michael Cintas.
The 2009 Champion and current World #1 Adam Marosi of Hungary is the favorite to win back-to-back world championships which would earn him a place in the history books. Strong competition will come from European Champion David Svoboda of the Czech Republic who will be looking to go one better than his silver medal at last year's worlds. 2008 Champion Ilya Frolov of Russia and his countryman, double-Olympic gold medalist Andrey Moiseev will be also looking for a podium finish in Chengdu.
On the women's side, local hero and defending champion Qian Chen (CHN) will be looking to repeat her heroics from London last year. She will be pressed by 2010 UIPM World Cup Series Olympic champion Lena Schoneborn of Germany, world #1 Donata Rimsaite of Lithuania and European Champion and double World Champion Amelie Caze of France.
Fans around the world will have the chance to watch these and other great athletes and share in the excitement of Modern Pentathlon. The UIPM will broadcast the finals LIVE on Internet TV at pentathlon.org on 3 and 4 September at 15:30 local time (GMT +8 hours). The broadcast will feature highlights from the fencing and swimming events as well as live coverage of the riding and combined events. The Championships will also be broadcasted live in Hungary, Czech Republic, Russia and Lithuania in a landmark TV deal.
1 September - Men's Qualification Competition
2 September - Women’s Qualification Competition
3 September - Men's Individual Final
4 September - Women's Individual Final
5 September - Mixed Relay
6 September - Men's Relay
7 September - Women's Relay