Vakalis top Canadian in last Pentathlon World Cup Event of season

    World Cup 4, Rome (May 20 to 24)

    GATINEAU, QC, May 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Donna Vakalis (Toronto) was the top
Canadian woman finishing 12th in Modern Pentathlon's World Cup 4 in Rome,
which is the last World Cup event at which pentathletes can qualify for the
World Cup Final (in Rio de Janeiro this September). Along with Vakalis, Canada
was proudly represented at the competition by Monica Pinette (Langley, BC),
Kara Grant (Stratford, PEI) and Joshua Riker-Fox (Delacour, AB).
    Vakalis, who recently won bronze in the Relay at World Cup 3 event in
Hungary (with Great Britain's Louise Helyer) was the only Canadian women to
make it to the Final in Rome. "Donna had a solid day. After finishing with 736
points in the fence in 26th place, she improved her placing in every event
thereafter, dropping an impressive 10 places from 22nd after the riding to
12th after the combined shoot-run which is now the final event in the
pentathlon," stated John Hawes, National Team Coach. "Her performance in the
combined event was really excellent considering this is only the third time
she has ever competed with the new shoot-run format."
    According to Vakalis, she is still learning a great deal with the new
combined final event. "I was eager to test myself today, to test the
incremental gains that we have been able to make this past. I had a good
feeling about the day from start to finish. Heading into the run-shoot, the
final event of the competition, it was notable that the entire field of
competitors were very tightly packed. Because a smaller than usual number of
points separated the top twenty-five, and because of the novelty of the
run-shoot format, predicting what would happen was impossible. I ended up
gaining 10 positions and finishing in 12th place overall. Being among the top
twelve felt great, considering the level of competition here in Rome. Today
was a good test of what we have been working on. It also showed me where I can
    Her results are as follows: Fencing 736 points; Swimming (2:20.95) 1112
points; Riding 1160 points (with 2 rails down); Combined (12:58.3) 2248
points; Total 5256 points.
    Women's Senior: Donna Vakalis 12th. Kara Grant and Monica Pinette DNQ for
Final, finished 44th and 47th respectively. Men's Senior: Joshua Riker-Fox DNQ
for Final, finished 52 overall. Both Vakalis and Pinette have qualified for
World Cup Final in Rio.

    For complete results go to:

    The Canadian Modern Pentathlon Association is dedicated to developing
high performance athletes with a focus on competing at the highest levels of
international competitions. Canadians will have the opportunity to see these
athletes at the 2009 Modern Pentathlon Canadian National Championships, which
will be held in Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam, BC, on August 22 & 23.
Categories are: senior (+22 years), junior (19-21 years), youth A (17-18
years), youth B (15-16 years), youth C (13-14 years), youth D (11-12 years),
youth E (+10 years), and MASTERS (Men+40 years, Women+35 years).

For further information:

For further information: Angela Ives (President, CAMPA), cel: (514)
898-8754 or, photos available by emailing Angela Ives

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