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Women compete Thursday at Pentathlon World Cup in Palm Springs

36 competitors will qualify for Saturday's final

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The women's qualifier in USA Pentathlon World Cup  #1 will be held Thursday at Palm Springs Stadium and two other venues at Sunrise  Park, with London Olympics bronze medalist Yane Marques of Brazil leading the  field of 60 pentathletes from 28 nations.

      The U.S. entrants include Margaux Isaksen, who finished fourth in the  Olympics, eight points behind Marques, and her younger sister Isabella.

      The field will be split into two groups, with the top 18 in each group qualifying for Saturday's final

      Competition will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will continue through the rest  of daylight hours.

      Tickets are $8 with children under 12 admitted free. More information is  available on the event's website,

      The men's qualifier was held Wednesday, with Austrian Thomas Daniel  recording the highest score, 4,580. Other qualifiers included David Svoboda of  the Czech Republic, the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, who was  fourth in his group and tied for eighth overall with 4,532 points.

      Of the 11 American pentathletes, only Olympian Dennis Bowsher qualified  for Friday's final, finishing second in his group and fourth overall with 4,568  points.

      The top 12 in each of the three groups advanced to Friday's final.

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