Power and performance at Modern Pentathlon National Championships

    - Beijing Olympian Joshua Riker-Fox wins gold

    GUELPH, ON, Aug. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - In his final pre-Olympic competition
Joshua Riker-Fox (Calgary, Alta.) took the gold medal at the 2008 Canadian
National Championships held in Guelph, Ont., while Clare Illingworth, (Guelph,
Ont) won gold in the women's event. Some 50 athletes competed in the five
events of the Modern Pentathlon to give spectators a taste of this intensive
sport, which takes place in one day over approximately 10 hours.
    "The Championships provided me with the fine-tuning I wanted before
Beijing," said Riker-Fox.
    Other notables competing were Bob Noble (Port Coquitlan, B.C.) who
returned to successfully defend his title in the over 40 Masters category.
While rising stars and newcomers to international competition Mathea and
Garnett Stevens (Ottawa, Ont.,) placed second and first respectively in the
Junior and Youth B age groups.
    "We are really pleased with the performances and the opportunity to
showcase pentathlon - right before the Olympics," said Clare Illingworth,
Ontario Modern Pentathlon Association (OMPA) President. "Guelph has again
proven it provides great organization and hospitality for our athletes."
    "The events demonstrate that pentathlon is a sport where mental toughness
is as important as the athletic ability needed for the swimming and running
events, and the technical skills needed for the shooting, fencing and
equestrian events," said Angela Ives, President of the Canadian Modern
Pentathlon Association (CAMPA). "During the Olympics, Canadians will have the
opportunity to see more of this when our three Canadian pentathletes give
their utmost."
    Riker-Fox will be competing in his first Olympics in Beijing and will be
joined by Monica Pinette (Langley, B.C.) and Kara Grant (Stratford, P.E.I.)
who already have Olympic experience under their belts, having been the first
women to represent Canada in pentathlon at an Olympic Games (2004). This is
the largest field of pentathletes that Canada has qualified since Barcelona in
1992. The trio will be coached by former Olympic athlete Philipp Waeffler
(Schaffhausen, Switzerland) who is the Canadian National Pentathlon Coach.
John Hawes (Ottawa, Ont.), also a former Olympian, will be the Pentathlon Team
Manager in Beijing.
    At the Beijing Olympics a total of 72 athletes will compete in Modern
Pentathlon (36 women and 36 men will vie for individual medals, no team
medals). The quota for each Country is 2 men and 2 women. A list of athletes
(international) who have qualified can be found on the UIPM site at

    The Canadian Modern Pentathlon Association (www.pentathloncanada.ca) is
dedicated to developing high performance athletes with a focus on competing at
the highest levels of international competitions.

    Gold Medal:

    Youth E Girls: Hilary Elliott, Ingersol, Ont.
    Youth D Girls: Lindsay Booy, Calgary, Alta.
    Youth D Boys: Brendan Anderson, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
    Youth C Girls: Emily Martin, Calgary, Alta.
    Youth C Boys: Jean Paul Thompson, Erin, Ont.
    Youth B Girls: Emily Caine, Red Deer, Alta.
    Youth B Boys: Garnett Stevens, Rockland, Ont.
    Youth A Girls: Rebecca Mconie, Vancouver, BC
    Youth A Boys: Nathan Schrimsher, Roswell, NM, USA
    Junior Women: Rachael Gardner, Ottawa, Ont.
    Senior Women: Clare Illingworth, Guelph, Ont.
    Senior Men: Josh Riker-Fox, Delacour, Alta.
    Master Men: Bob Noble, Vancouver, B.C.
    Master Women: Tracy Pinkerton, Hudson, OH,USA

    Fact sheet


    Modern Pentathlon has a long history, first appearing at the 1912 Olympic
Games in Stockholm. It is a sport that requires the most varied skill set in
its athletes. Modern Pentathlon consists of five disciplines - all contested
during a single day. The five disciplines are competed in this order for the
finals: Pistol Shooting, Fencing, Swimming, Riding (Equine) and Running
(Cross-Country). The three athletes who accumulate the most points during the
various events win gold, silver and bronze.
    Here is a rundown of the finer points of the five disciplines:

    Pistol Shooting

    Air pistols are used to fire 20 shots at 170 mm targets 10 metres away.
Competitors have 40 seconds to fire each shot. Targets are changed after each
shot and a score of 172 out of a possible 200 is worth 1,000 points. Every
target point above or below 172 is worth plus or minus 12 points.


    A round robin Epée tournament consists of one-hit matches no longer than
one minute. If no hit is scored, both competitors register a defeat. The
target area is the whole body. A rough estimate of points goes as such: an
athlete who wins 70% of the matches accumulates 1,000 points.


    This is a 200-metre Freestyle race, with Pentathletes seeded in heats
according to personal best times. A time of two minutes, 30 seconds for men
and two minutes or 40 seconds for women earns 1,000 points. Every third of a
second above or below this time is equal to plus or minus four points.


    Riders have 20 minutes and five practice fences to familiarize themselves
with their horses (provided by event organizers). The course is 350 to 450
metres long with 12 show-jumping obstacles, including one double and one
triple combination. Competitors start with 1,200 points and lose points for
disobedience (40 points), knockdowns (28 points), falls (40 points) and time
penalties (four points per second above the time limit).


    This is a 3,000m race. Competitors are set off at intervals that
correspond in seconds to the difference in points between themselves and the
athlete ahead of them. A time of 10 minutes for men and 11 minutes, 20 seconds
for women earns 1,000 points. Every half-second above or below this standard
will gain or lose two points. The first to cross the finish line wins the
Modern Pentathlon.
    (Information source: www.olympic.ca/Beijing2008)

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For further information:

For further information: on Nationals and Championships, contact: Clare
Illingworth, OMPA President, cillingw@gmail.com; For further information on
Olympic pentathletes, contact: Dave Lynnes, High Performance Director, CAMPA,
C.: (403) 589-1213; Angela Ives, CAMPA President,
president@pentathloncanada.ca, C.: (514) 898-8754

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