Isaksen wins first senior World Cup gold with triumph in Rio

144Monaco, 23 March 2013 – After excelling in the riding event, 21-year-old Margaux Isaksen claimed her first ever gold medal in a World Cup Series event. Edging ahead from third and holding off a spirited challenge from the rest of the field in the combined event, she crossed the finish line before any of her rivals in an impressive time of 12:48:70.

Clearly delighted with her win after amassing 5268 points, the 2012 Junior World Champion from the USA told us, “It was great to be able to come back from 17th all the way up to third after the ride. I was a bit shaky in the shooting but I managed to hold my nerve and win. What a fantastic feeling.”

Her coach Janusz Peciak was later rewarded with a special trophy for masterminding Isaksen’s win.

UIPM President Dr h.c. Klaus Schormann added, “It has been a wonderful event, very well organised. The athletes have shown a lot of fair play. I am excited now to see the Men and the Mixed Relay. Rio always produces exciting competition”.

Olympic Champion Laura Asadauskaite, who came second in the fence in the first event of the day, could not make up the time lost as a result of placing 22nd in the ride, and after giving it her all, recorded the third best time in the combined event to take silver in her first competitive appearance since London 2012.

Bronze went to Hungarian teenager Zsofia Foldhazi and there were respective fourth and fifth place finishes for Ukraine’s Victoria Tereshuk and Great Britain’s Samantha Murray in a thrilling Final.

Tomorrow will see the Men line-up in their Final with the Mixed Relay scheduled for Sunday. All events will be broadcast LIVE on Pentathlon TV.

View the full results of the Women’s Final HERE

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