The U.S. men's team had an extremely strong showing in the combined event on Friday but came up just shy of qualifying for Sunday's final at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup in Budapest, Hungary. Three groups of 36 athletes were vying for spots in Sunday's final, but only the top 12 in each group would advance.
In Group A, 2008 Olympian Sam Sacksen
(Somerset, Pa.) won the combined run/shoot event with a time of 10:40.33. He also had the fastest shooting time in his group as he completed all 15 targets in 50.2. seconds. Sacksen nearly qualified for the final as his running moved him from 25th place up to 14th with a total of 4412 points. He placed 27th in the fencing competition with 13 wins and was 11th in the swim with a time of 2:09.19.
(Howell, Mich.), competing in Group B, ran up from 20th position to finish 15th on a very strong combined event in which he placed sixth with a time of 10:46.30. Brady also had the fastest individual shooting series in his group when he finished five targets in just 11.4 seconds. He placed 22nd in the fencing with 15 wins and was 19th in the swim (2:10.78) to finish with a total of 4432 points.
Group C saw U.S. Army Specialist Dennis Bowsher
(Dallas, Texas) win the combined event with a time of 10:36.66, improving his position from 23rd to 13th with 4468 points and narrowly missing the cut for Sunday's final. Bowsher was 23rd in the fencing with 13 victories and 11th in the swim with a time of 2:08.16.
Also in Group C, 17-year-old Lucas Schrimsher
(Roswell, N.M.) had an outstanding swim of 2:03.22 which placed him sixth in the group. He was 32nd in the fencing with nine wins and advanced four spots on the strength of his performance in the combined run/shoot in which he was 24th (11:47.16). Schrimsher finished 26th overall in Group C with 4092 points.
The women's final will take place on Saturday with 2008 Olympian Margaux Isaksen
(Fayetteville, Ark.) in the hunt after placing second in her semi-final on Thursday. Fans can watch the finals live on Pentathlon TV at pentathlon.org
on Saturday. The broadcast will feature highlights of the fencing and swimming events as well as live coverage of the riding and combined event.