The U.S. tandem of Margaux Isaksen (Fayetteville, Ark.) and Will Brady (Howell, Mich.) placed 7th in the mixed relay event on Sunday at the Modern Pentathlon World Championships in Chengdu, China. After a decent ride, the pair was in 9th position going into the combined event.
"I was quite nervous after yesterday (women's individual final)," said Isaksen. "I left 300 points on the table after the ride. I'm performing not only for myself today, but also for my teammate so I have a different kind of pressure. Like all the other girls, I'm pretty tired, but I performed much better in the fencing than I did in the individual."
Isaksen pulled out a great run in the combined event and moved the pair up to 5th position.
"My shooting was kind of rough, but I made up a lot on the running which is my strongest event," she said. "Of course I'm pretty disappointed because I think we had a good chance of a medal. But I really enjoyed it. I know Will enjoyed it too."
The U.S. team ended the day in 7th position among a strong field of 19 teams. The team from Poland won the mixed relay competition with Ukraine taking the silver medal and Lithuania claiming the bronze.
"I definitely gained experience," added Isaksen. "I always learn a lot from competing, how to handle different kinds of pressure or try out new moves as I'm pretty new to the sport. The horses were definitely difficult here, which is a shame because so many points can be dependant on the horse that you are drawn."