The United States advanced three athletes into Saturday's men's final at World Cup #1 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas), Will Brady (Howell, Mich.) and Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.) all reached the final with their performances on Thursday and Friday.
Bowsher placed second in semifinal group A with 4192 points, placing 12th in the fencing portion, fifth in the swim and eighth in the combined run/shoot.
Brady totaled 4232 points to finish 12th in group B. After placing 20th in fencing and 17th in the swim, Brady kicked it into high gear and finished first in the combined event with 2296 points.
Also competing in group B, Sacksen finished 18th with 4132 points which included a 21st place in the fencing, 16th place in the swim and a strong third place showing in the combined run/shoot.
Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo.) fell just short of advancing to Saturday's final with a 19th-place finish in group A. He compiled 3976 points with an 11th place in the fencing, fourth place in the swim and 25th place in the combined event.
The women's semifinal competition, originally slated for Friday, was cancelled, giving the lone U.S. competitor, Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.), an automatic berth in Sunday's final.
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