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Iagorishvili, Lisagor named national modern pentathlon champs

July 14, 1997

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ Former Olympian Vakhtang Iagorishvili won the U.S. men’s modern pentathlon championship Sunday, while high school senior Jessica Lisagor won her second straight women’s title.

Iagorishvili, who was approved to compete for the United States earlier this year, scored 5,609 points. Former NCAA cross-country champion Jeremie Perry of Las Vegas was second with 5,431 and defending champion James Gregory was third with 5,298.

Rounding out the top 10 were: Niul Mansky (5,190), Richard Connors (5,176), Scott Christie (5,085), Dirk Bouma (4,915), Eli Bremer (4,841), John Moreau (4,495) and Land Heintzberger (4,397).

Iagorishvili competed in Atlanta last summer for Georgia and in 1988 he represented the Soviet Union. He’s been in the United States for six years and now lives in Austin, Texas.

Lisagor, a San Antonio resident bound for Stanford in the fall, scored 4,409 points to win her second senior crown. She won her fourth straight junior (under-18) crown on Saturday.

Kristina Hurme of San Antonio was second with 4,096 points and Sarah Clifford was third with 3,929.

Other top women’s scorers were Mindy Weil (3,686), Kristi Zugay (3,467), Allison Jones (2,485) and Caitlin Harris (1,451).

Modern pentathlon is based on five events: air-pistol shooting, epee fencing, a 200-meter swim, equestrian jumping over 15 rails and a 3-kilometer run.

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