U.S. Men Narrowly Miss Final

April 15, 2011, 5:47 p.m. (ET)

U.S. Army Specialist Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, Texas) fenced one of his best World Cup scores, swam a season-best 2:02.0 for 200 meters, and shot brilliantly in the combined shoot/run -- all to come up just 24 points shy of qualifying for Sunday's final of the men's division at the Pentathlon World Cup being held in Sassari, Italy, on the island of Sardinia. Against a formidable field, the U.S. Army soldier was passed in the last 30 meters of the 3000-meter combined run/shoot to be nudged out of the 12 athletes qualifying. Bowsher finished 13th.

2008 Olympians Sam Sacksen (Somerset, Pa.) and Eli Bremer (Monument, Colo.) had fine performances in four of five disciplines,but each had an Achilles heel in the form of one event -- fencing for Sacksen and shooting for Bremer -- that kept them from qualifying for the final.

And yet long-time U.S. Pentathlon Coach Janusz Peciak was optimistic, saying, "The men did well. Had Sam fenced the way he did in Palm Springs (at World Cup #1) he would have won his semi-final group today. And Eli showed he still has the physicality he needs to compete on the world stage. The shooting piece is just a matter of time for him."

The women's final will take place on Saturday with 2008 Olympian Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) among the top competitors in the field.