POSTED: Friday November 18th 2011

Women's Final Preview: Toth Looking for 2nd Pentathlon Junior World Title

Toth has been in Great form in 2011
Toth has been in Great form in 2011

One of Toths biggest rivals Margaux Isaksen.
One of Toths biggest rivals Margaux Isaksen.

One of the biggest day’s in all of these under 21s life has come, the 2011 Junior World Championships final.

For many, this is their last chance to become Junior World Champion, before they become a full time senior on the international circuit.

The junior Pentathletes will look to follow in the footsteps of their famous processors, such as Lena Schoneborn (2005), Aya Medany (2006 & 2008), Evdokia Gretchichnikova (2002) and Heather Fell (2003) and become the best Junior in the world. Becoming Junior World Champion, does not guarantee success on the Senior level, however history says that if you are good enough to win a Junior World Championships, you are destined to become a senior superstar like the above athletes.

The 2 Hungarian women Sarolta Kovacs (2010) and Adrienn Toth (2007) have already tasted victory at the Junior World Championships level and they will be 2 of the favourites tomorrow. If Kovacs can have a good start to the day with her fencing, the other athletes will find it hard to catch her, as she has an explosive swim which will distance herself from the pack.

When Kovacs was asked what defending her Junior World Championships title would mean to her, she stated: “I would be very happy if I could defend my Word Champion title in Argentina. This year was very promising and if I could win this last competition it would be grand.”

The Hungarians closest rival will be former Youth A World Champion Margaux Isaksen (USA). Isaksen has been in fantastic form winning her last 2 senior events, the Pan American Games and the Champion of Champions. Isaksen thinks “Fencing and shooting [will be the key to victory]. I have a very strong run/swim so the skills event will be key.”.

German Annika Schleu has had a breakthrough year on the senior circuit winning bronze at World Cup #4. When asked about becoming Junior World Champion, she stated: “It would be a dream comes true, I think every athlete wants to become a world champion and it is my last international junior competition, so I think it would be an unbelievable end for my junior career.”

As well as the athletes already established on the senior tour, there are some younger ones coming from Youth A, who will be desperate to leave their mark in Argentina to launch themselves in the all-important Olympic year. They are led by Youth Olympic Games Champion Leidis Laura Moya (CUB) who is competing in her 1st major international event since Singapore. There are also the 2 other medallist from the 1st ever Youth Olympic Games Zsofia Foldhazi (HUN), and Anastasia Spas (UKR) who will also be looking for a podium finish on Saturday.

Russia, Germany and Great Britain all showed great form in qualification to have their all 4 athletes qualifying to be on the starting line tomorrow. Everyone from these teams will believe they can cause an upset and become World Junior Champion.

Follow all the action by watching the live results on Highlights from the day will also be available on UIPM’s You Tube channel at the conclusion of the day.

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Keywords · Modern Pentathlon · Olympics · Junior World Championships · Buenos Aires · Argentina · Adrienn Toth · 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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