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Updated: 06/07/2014 12:53:40PM

Pentathlon event kicks off in Sarasota

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SUN PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

Team USA's own Margaux Isaksen salutes the crowd and her opponent before engaging in a fencing exhibition at the event. The gesture drew a huge roar of approval from the crowd of about 1,000 spectators Friday at the Sarasota Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch.

SUN PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL
Russia's Ekaterina Khuraskina, right, gets the upper hand on her opponent during a fencing demonstration.These demonstrations were for a $1,000 prize, which Khuraskina would lose in the final match to Ukraine's Victoria Tereshuk. Tereshuk won the actual competition that took place earlier in the day.

USA rider Samantha Achterberg guides her horse over a fence in the questrian segment of Friday's Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final at the Sarasota Polo Grounds. She was the first to compete in the equestrian portion of the event.

By SCOTT LOCKWOOD

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Some of the world’s top female athletes spent a hot Friday afternoon going for the championship of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final in Sarasota, the first time that event has been held on U.S. soil in more than 40 years.

The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that consists of five events: 200-meter indoor swimming, fencing, equestrian show jumping and a combined final event of laser pistol shooting and a 3,200-meter (2-mile) cross-country run.

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