POSTED: Wednesday November 16th 2011

Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championships About to Begin

The 43rd Junior World Championships will be the 1st in South America
The 43rd Junior World Championships will be the 1st in South America

Can Jamie Cooke break his own world swimming record again?
Can Jamie Cooke break his own world swimming record again?

Can Sarolta Kovacs defend her title to cap off a dream year?
Can Sarolta Kovacs defend her title to cap off a dream year?

The pinnacle of the Junior Modern Pentathlon calendar, the 2011 UIPM Junior World Championships begins tomorrow, the 17th November, 2011, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Nearly 200 athletes under the age of 21 from every continent globally will be battling it out to become the 43rd Modern Pentathlon Junior World Champion which is the first time the Junior World Championships will be held in South America.

UIPM Secretary General Joël Bouzou stated: "It is very special for UIPM to be hosting the Junior World Championships in South America for the first time. This shows the development that Modern Pentathlon is making in the area, with the popularity of the sport rising rapidly."

UIPM is looking forward to making Buenos Aires a regular home for Pentathlon, with the city already securing the UIPM Centenary Congress in 2012, and the 2014 Youth A World Championships"

The quality of the Pentathletes will be extremely high, with many of them competing regularly on the senior circuit, and a handful even reaching the qualification standard for the 2012 London Olympic Games.

One of these athletes is defending Junior World Champion Sarolta Kovacs (HUN) who won the silver medal at this year's Senior World Championships , to put her in contention for an Olympic berth. In addition to her silver medal, Kovacs also claimed the European Junior Championships.

The 21 year old will need to continue her golden form in Argentina if she wants to claim her 2nd World Championships gold,  ahead of the likes of Pan American Champion Margaux Isaksen (USA) who also was crowned the 2011 Senior Champion of Champions recently in Italy.

The wild card for the World Junior title will be the Youth Olympic Games Champion Leydi Laura Moya López (CUB) who will be competing in only her 2nd international event since her historic victory in Singapore back in 2010. The top athletes will be weary of the danger that the young Cuban possess as she is extremely talented in all disciplines, especially running.

Like the women, the men's favourite for the title is Hungarian, and the current Junior World and European Champion. Bence Demeter (HUN) had a breakthrough year in the seniors, picking up his first medal at World Cup #4 and a 6th place finish at the Senior World Championships, so confidence will be high for him to repeat his performance from Szekesfehervar a year ago.

Demeter's biggest threat will be swimming world record holder Jamie Cooke (GBR). The key to Cooke's victory will be his fencing, if he can finish high up the leader's board, his swimming will ensure he will be going into the riding 1st , where anything can happen.

The strong French team, headed by Junior European Championships silver medallist Geoffrey Megi, as well as the Korean team, lead by Woojin Hwang Wang, will also consider themselves a chance for the title come Sunday.

However, before all the athletes can start thinking about standing on top of their podium on finals day, they have to finish in the top 18 in qualification in order to make the final, which history shows is not an easy task.

As well as individual honours, the athletes will also be battling for relay glory with a Mixed, Women's and Men's relays all taking place on Monday 21st November. This is a chance for the nations to portray their strength in depth, and for rivals to become team mates in the quest for gold.

Fans around the world will have the chance to watch these, and other great athletes and share in the excitement of Modern Pentathlon. The UIPM will broadcast highlights of finals days on Pentathlon TV @ In addition to this fans can also views live results, update and pictures at the home of Modern Pentathlon,

Competition Schedule:
17 November   Women's Qualification
18 November   Men's Qualification
19 November   Women's Individual Final
20 November   Men's Individual Final
21 November   Mixed Relay, Men's & Women's Relays

Will Kovacs repeat her extraordinary performance from the 2010 Junior World Championships? Will Cooke take that next step and win a World Championships? Will Isaksen's electric form continue? Let's see… Come and back your national heroes and by following all the action from Buenos Aires at

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Keywords · Modern Pentathlon · Olympics · Junior World Championships · Buenos Aires · Argentina · Fence · Run · Swim · Ride · Shoot · London · 2012 · Sarola Kovacs · Hungary · Jamie Cooke · Margaux Isaksen

Name: Matt Pound
Organization: Union Internationale De Pentathlon Moderne - UIPM
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