After excelling in the riding event, 21-year-old Margaux Isaksen claimed her first ever gold medal in a World Cup Series event. Edging ahead from third and holding off a spirited challenge from the rest of the field in the combined event, she crossed the finish line before any of her rivals in an impressive time of 12:48:70.
A tough course and hot conditions did not stop either the USA’s Margaux Isaksen or Brazil’s Priscilla Oliveira from having perfect scores in the riding event. The stunning course at the Deodoro Zone provided a real challenge for the riders in the penultimate event of the day.
As the women prepare for the riding event, it is delicately poised with three disciplines still to go. Earlier today, Belarusian 29-year-old Tatsiana Yelizarova claimed 1000 points by winning 25 of her bouts in the fence before France’s Elodie Clouvel recorded a time of 2:09:09 to take first place in the pool.
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Valentin Prades of France was first to cross the line at the end of the day’s combined event to put him, along with five others, including Russia’s Illia Frolov, top of his Group with 4376 points. Consistency and especially a sixth place in the fence had him in a comfortable position to end with a time of 12:34:11.
After winning the swim earlier today, Italy’s Pierpaolo Petroni ensured he finished the day ahead of his rivals with a haul of 4444 points in the Men’s Qualification Group ‘A’. The 25-year-old will now have high hopes of finishing on the podium in Saturday’s Final.
Coming out of nowhere, the young Argentinean Franco Ivo Cassini made sure his peers would now remember his name after recording a time of 2:01:09 to win the event in the pool. It was an impressive performance by the teenager.
After winning 25 of his bouts in the Men’s Qualification Group ‘A’, Pierpaolo Petroni found himself top of the leader board going into the afternoon swim. His 1000 points should now stand him in good stead to qualify for the Final this Saturday.
Great Britain’s Nicholas Woodbridge glided through the water to claim first place and 1380 points with a time of 1:58:38 in the Men’s Qualification Group ‘B’ swim ahead of Egypt’s Amro El Geziry and compatriot James Cooke.