Youth A World Championships Begin in Turkey

Aug. 17, 2011, 7:36 p.m. (ET)

The best young Pentathletes have arrived in Istanbul, Turkey for the 2011 UIPM Youth A World Championships which runs Aug. 18-21.

Over 100 pentahletes from all corners of the globe aged 17-18 will compete for the most prestigious Youth Modern Pentathlon prize available, the Youth A World Championships gold medal.

The field will be extremely high in quality with 14 Youth Olympic Games athletes looking to use their experience gained in Singapore to become World Youth A Champion.

Representing the U.S. are Aaron Lane (Farmington, Minn.), Anna Olesinski (Roswell, N.M.) and Lucas Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.).

The Youth A World Championships works in a different format to regular Senior Modern Pentathlon competition. There are no qualification rounds as athletes go straight into a final. This means all the athletes fence each other in the first half of the day, then they swim in seeded heats and complete the combined event the next day where the champion will be crowned. There is no riding discipline in the Youth A Modern Pentathlon categories.

The athletes not only get the opportunity to fight it out for the crown of world’s best youth athlete, they also get the chance to experience the beautiful country of Turkey as the event is broken up with a cultural day. Here, the athletes learn about the country they are competing in, its cultures and traditions and also the ethics and values that embodies not only Modern Pentathlon, but the Olympic Movement in general.

Following the individual events there will be three relays in a Sunday session. Gold medals will be awarded for three-man men's & women’s relays and also a two-man mixed relay.

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The schedule will be as follows:

18 August: Fencing Men & Swimming Men/Women

19 August: Fencing Women & Combined Event Men/Women

20 August: Cultural Day

21 August: Relay for Men, Women & Mixed