Esposito out to end junior career on a high
7 September 2012
MODERN PENTATHLON: For many of the girls lining up in the final, it is their last chance to become Junior World Champion, or win a medal.
That puts an interesting pressure on the athlete to perform, similar to the Olympic Games, when they know it is now or never.
With double World Champion Sarolta Kovacs (HUN) out injured, it means none of the 36 athletes lining up in tomorrow Junior World Championships final have tasted Junior World Championships gold before.
However, Margaux Isaksen (USA), Zsofia Foldhazi (HUN) and Tamara Vaga (MEX) have won the Youth A World Championships before, so they know what it takes to be the best in the world, on your day.
“It would be a great honor. This is my last Junior year, and I would love to take home the title” stated Isaksen who was so close to winning a medal at London 2012, finishing 4th.
Isaksen brought that London form to Poland with her, as she looked in devastating form in the relay event where she won gold and yesterday’s qualification where she was untouchable. If the young American can fence like she has been in the past few weeks and manage to ride clear, not many girls will be able to catch her.
The one girl that can match Isaksen at her devastating best is Chloe Esposito (AUS). Two years ago when Esposito lined up in the Junior World Championship final in Hungary, she was a complete unknown.
Everyone was asking who was the Australian that unexpectedly won her group at her first international competition. Two years later Esposito has a World Cup medal to her name and finished 7th at the London 2012 Olympic Games and is one of the favourites to end her junior career on a high.
Esposito stated: “It would be very special, as Australia has never been on the podium at a world championships at any level.” If the girl from Sydney can fence 900+ points that she did in the qualification, she will almost certainly be the first Australian on a World Championships podium, as her other 4 disciplines are so strong.
Pushing Isaksen & Esposito will be the Youth Olympic Games brigade, who have not only established themselves on the junior tour, but on the senior tour as well. They are 3 times Youth A World Champion Zsofia Folahazi (HUN), Anastaysia Spas (UKR), Tamara Vega (MEX), Gintare Venckauskaite (LTU) , and Gloria Tocchi (ITA). All these girls know how to perform on the big stage and will be certainly a threat for the medals come tomorrow afternoon. Especially with Foldhazi being by far the best swimmer in the field, Spas the best fencer and Venckauskaite the best shooter, anything can happen.