Some strong running in the final event of the day at the Al Shaqab Centre ensured Margaux Isaksen of USA retained her title at Champion of Champions in style. Having started the combined in fourth position, she was composed with her shooting and after taking the lead just in the penultimate lap, she accelerated and demonstrated her blistering pace to leave her pursuers way behind. The 22-year-old’s victory ensured she went home with the 3000 USD winner’s cheque, courtesy of RAM Watches.
The stunning facilities of this competition hosted by the Qatar Foundation provided a great backdrop for the athletes to perform at the very highest level and World No.4 Isaksen shined throughout the day. There were also some impressive displays by many others, none more so than Poland’s Oktawia Nowacka as she came in second to record her best career performance at the elite level. She could not hide her delight at the finish line.
Yane Marques of Brazil, who began the combined first, ended her day third after being unable to match the speed of the front two, however the result confirmed her return to form.
Annika Schleu of Germany was fourth overall after running third fastest in the final event of the day. The 23-year-old looked hungry after only 3 appearances on the international circuit this year. Melanie McCann from Canada made up the top five after she had impressed throughout the day.
After a barnstorming season, Ukrainian trio Viktoria Tereshuk, Iryna Khokhlova and Ganna Buryak finished respectively 6th, 7th and 8th. Mexico’s Mayan Oliver, who clocked the fastest time in the combined at 14:00.36 took 9th place and Pamela Zapata of Argentina came in tenth. Elodie Clouvel, the day’s fastest swimmer, could not recover the time lost in the riding event and ended her campaign 13th, just behind Cuba’s Leidis Laura Moya and Janine Kohlmann of Germany. Top fencer Hanna Vasilionak of Belarus finished 15th.
Tomorrow sees the men competing for honors.