Esposito clinches junior bronze10 September 2012
MODERN PENTATHLON: Margaux Isaksen (USA) has used all her experience to run away with the Junior World Championships gold in Drzonkow, Poland.
Isaksen, who also won the Women’s Relay gold on Monday, started the combined event in 2nd position just ahead of Chloe Esposito (AUS). Isaksen handled the pressure better to shoot and run herself to a well-deserved gold. Esposito ended up finishing with the bronze, just behind Anastaysia Spas (UKR) who ran brilliantly to win the silver.
The Junior World Championship title will surely heal the pain that finishing just outside of the medals at London 2012 caused the American, and she did it in style.
"I was fencing really well in the morning, but then I lost my last 5 bouts. I did not feel that I did any of my disciplines particularly well, but I am just so happy to have won. I really wanted to win today, I have won medals in other Junior Championships and am so glad I won. I have now won the Youth World Championships, the Junior World Championships so hopefully soon I will win the Senior World Championships" stated the world champion.
"In the first running I went a bit slow, so I could keep some energy for the next 2 runs and my shooting was quite good so I ended up winning" concluded Isaksen.
The 20 year old from Arkansas started the day on a mission, demolishing the fencing field to open up an early lead. A good time for Isaksen consolidated her lead heading into the ride where 2 knock downs pushed allowed her opponensts, in particular the dangerous Esposito back into contention.
Isaksen started the combined event 3 seconds behind Rena Shimazu (JPN) who ended up finishing 8th and just 4 seconds behind the usually speedy Esposito. In the combined event, it simply came down to experience. Esposito who is known for her quick combined event, could not shoot with her usual accuracy which allowed Isaksen to establish an early lead which she never gave up.
The surprise of the combined event was Spa's dominant performance. A tough, hard training camp in Ukraine prior to this event gave the mixed relay Youth Olympic Champion a huge benefit as she smashed her combined event personal best to clinch silver.
Isaksen’s gold, combined with her sister Isabelle’s 7th position and 18th Samantha Achterberg meant they won the teams gold for USA which gave Isaksen a remarkable 3 gold’s for the championships. Russia won the teams silver and Italy bronze.
Isaksen said after the teams gold: "I am so proud of my team. Especially my little sister who did so well at her first world championships and made as so proud. As a team I think we have done really, really well."