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Pentathlon World Cup Finals begin Friday on Suncoast

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LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. -- The first World Cup Finals in the Pentathlon begins Friday morning in two locations on the Suncoast.  

Margaux Isaksen is one of the world's top pentathletes--and she's aware most people don't know a lot about her sport.

"People in America are not familiar with the sport the same way they are in Eastern Europe or Asia, so I definitely get some strange reactions," she said.

Isaksen says she got started after growing up on a farm in Arkansas. Organizer Katherine Harris is glad Margaux and 71 other elite athletes are here.

So how did she get started?

And this weekend, Margaux will be one of the 72 athletes competing for the right to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. She says it's grown bigger than she ever dreamed.

"We were expecting 4 important dignitaries, we'll have 41 who have arrived already--the impact for Sarasota is extraordinary," the former area U.S. Congressperson said.

Isaksen is proud to take part in the first world cup final on U.S. soil since 1974--before she was born.

Competition begins Friday and goes through the weekend at the Polo Grounds in Lakewood Ranch, Manatee County and the Potter Park YMCA in Palmer Ranch, Sarasota County.