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Men's final to be held today at Pentathlon World Cup

Published On: Feb 22 2013 09:15:31 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 22 2013 10:21:34 AM CST
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

The men's final in USA Pentathlon World Cup #1 will  be held today in Sunrise Park in Palm Springs, with a field of 36  pentathletes from 17 nations, including David Svoboda of the Czech Republic,  the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics.
      The field also includes Hungarian Adam Marosi, the bronze medalist at  the London Games, and Russians Aleksander Lesun and Ilya Frolov, the world's  two top-ranked male pentathletes.
      Austrian Thomas Daniel recorded the highest score during Wednesday's  qualifying, which did not include riding, 4,580 points, four more than Lesun.
      Of the 11 Americans who competed in qualifying, only Army Spc. Dennis  Bowsher advanced to the final, finishing fourth overall with 4,568 points.
      Competition is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. with fencing in the  Sunrise Park Pavilion, followed at 12:25 p.m. by the swimming in the Sunrise  Park Swimming Center, the riding at 2:35 p.m. in Palm Springs Stadium, where  the combined event, which mixes a 3,200-meter run with shooting, is set for  5:30 p.m.
      Tickets are $10 with children under 12 admitted free. More information  is available on the event's website, usapworldcup.org.
      The women's qualifying was held Thursday with Margaux Isaksen matching  the highest score while her younger sister, Isabella, was the other American to  qualify for Saturday's final.
      Competing in Group A, Margaux Isaksen began the day by finishing second  in the fencing at the Sunrise Park Pavilion behind Olympic bronze medalist Yane  Marques of Brazil, winning 19 bouts and receiving 1,032 points, while Marques  won 21 for 1,096.
      Margaux Isaksen had the 16th-fastest time in the 200-meter freestyle  swim, two minutes, 23.70 seconds, for 1,076 points, while Marques had the  fourth-fastest time, 2:17.13, for 1,156 points.
      Marques' 144-point lead heading into the combined event gave her a 36- second head start, but Margaux Isaksen nearly erased all of Marques' lead,  completing the course in 13:22.79, the fourth-fastest time, receiving 1,992  points, finishing .26 behind Marques, who had the 17th fastest time, 13:58.53  for 1,848 points.
      Margaux Isaksen and Marques both finished with 4,100 points.
      At the London Olympics, Margaux Isaksen finished fourth, eight points  behind Marques.
      Isabella Isaksen finished third in Group B with 3,972 points, the same  total as Donata Rimsaite of Russia, who finished ahead of Isabella Isaksen in  the combined event. Yufie Bian of China won the group with 4,056 points.
      Isabella Isaksen began her day by recording the 15th fastest time in  swimming, 2:29.71 for 1,004 points. She won 18 bouts in fencing, the third  highest total, receiving 1,000 points. She had the fifth-fastest time in the  combined event, 13:28.76 for 1,968 points.