POSTED: Saturday October 29th 2011
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Isaksen Crowned the Modern Pentathlon 2011 Champion of Champions

Isaksen on her way to winning the fencing
Isaksen on her way to winning the fencing

Isaksen all alone in the shoot
Isaksen all alone in the shoot

Sweet victory for Isaksen
Sweet victory for Isaksen

Margaux Isaksen (USA) has dominated the field to emerge the 2011 Champion of Champions in Sicily, Italy in front of a packed crowd in the picturesque central streets of Sicily.
The recently crowned Pan American Champion overcame the field of 18 champions to win by over 30 seconds ahead of the lightning quick Laura Asadauskaite (LTU) who pulled away from Iryna Khokhlova (UKR) to grab silver, so Khokhlova had to settle for bronze.
Isaksen started the 1st ever Champion of Champions in this format brilliantly, blowing the fencing field away to finish 6 victories ahead of the rest. A 6th place swim and only 3 knock downs in the ride meant she had a 30 second lead heading into the combined event. The 2008 Youth A World Champion grew this lead in the run & shoot and was never in danger of losing the gold.
A delighted Isaksen who produced the best performance of her career stated after the event: "I am so happy! I had a very disappointing year and to come back to win the Pan American Champions and now this is unbelievable. The Champion of Champions is a fantastic concept and I hope it is here to stay."
In winning, Isaksen matched the performance of her coach Janusz Peciak who won the 1st ever Champion of Champions in the old format in 1975. "It is so special for me to match Janusz's performance." Stated Isaksen. "He is my inspiration for competing and I couldn't have done it without him."
World Championship's bronze medalist Asadauskaite started the combined event in 9th position and quickly moved to the silver medal position on the back of her impressive running. The mother of one stated after: "I knew I was quick enough to come back from 9th place to get a medal as I have done it before. I am very happy to win this silver medal, it is a great way to finish my comeback year after having my 1st child last year. I made it hard for myelf having a false start in the swim which cost me 40 points (10 seconds in the combined event), however I still would not have caught Margaux anyway! I loved this competition and I loved competing on the streets in front of the general public."
The 2011 World Military Games Champion Khokhlova who battled hard to claim the bronze stated: "This medal means a lot to me. It was fantastic having the combined event conducted in the centre of the city, so many people came to watch which made an electric atmosphere. In the combined I ran a lot of the way with Asadauskaite which made me go faster to keep up with her. I knew I had a strong enough run to overcome the 4th place Kovacs for the bronze."
World Champion Victoria Tereshuk (UKR) was not at her world beating form today, however she still finished a respectable 6th just behind the event favourite and Olympic Champion Lena Schoneborn (GER) who finished 5th behind Junior World Champion Sarolta Kovacs (HUN) who just missed out on a medal in 4th.
Stay tuned for all the men's action from the 2011 Champion of Champions tomorrow, live on Pentathlon.org.

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Keywords · Modern Pentathlon · Olympics · Fence · Run · Swim · Ride · Shoot · London · 2012 · Champion of Champions · Sicily · Italy · Margaux Isaksen · USA


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