COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Brendan Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Anna Olesinki (Roswell, N.M.) led the way for the Americans as 19 total competitors went head-to-head in the Youth Division of the 2010 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships.
Anderson, 14, tore down the course at the M&M Equestrian Center in nearby Fountain, Colo., to overcome a 56 second handicap at the start of the race to take the top spot for the Americans.
"I moved up to challenge myself. Competiting with 17 and 18 year olds was going to be tough but I knew it was something I could do," said Anderson.
For the women, it was the prodigy, Olesinki, who took the top overall spot for the women and was second overall. With a final time of 12:07.00, Olesinki overcame a 1:04 minute handicap by strong running and shooting on the combined section of the event.
“Fencing was the my weakness today. My strength was the run, I think the combined went really (well) for me today,” said Olesinki.
“It doesn’t matter to me who’s who, I just want to beat everyone," she added, referencing the co-ed aspect of the youth division.
Olesinki will now turn her focus to the 2010 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Singapore August 14-26,2010.
The final two days of competition will see the senior women and senior women compete with the addition of a riding portion, also to be held at M&M Equestrian Center.