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Tom Lough

Full name: Maurice Thomas "Tom" Lough
Gender: Male
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: July 14, 1942 in Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States
Affiliations: Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Modern Pentathlon

Biography

Tom Lough attended the US Military Academy, graduating in 1964. While there he competed on the intramural triathlon team, which then encompassed running, swimming, and shooting. He also trained at West Point in fencing, which set him up well for the modern pentathlon. After graduation, however, Lough served in Vietnam with the 326th Engineers, 101st Airborne. Less than a year after the 1968 Olympics, he was shot down in a Huey over Hamburger Hill on 12 May 1969. Captain Lough was leading a team of combat engineers, yet still managed to clear a landing zone for the infantry unit of “Iron Rakkasans” below, for which he received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

In 1969 Lough entered a masters’ program at The Ohio State University, training in geodetic sciences for his military career and earning his masters in 1972. He later became a professor of education at Murray State University in Kentucky. He has also served as somewhat of a historian and “class chairman” for the 1968 USA Olympians.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Men's Individual United States USA 29
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon Men's Team United States USA 4

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T OP W S P
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States Final Standings 29 4,289
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States Riding 31 980 3:32 120
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States Fencing 37T 655 18
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States Shooting 25T 846 187 0
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States Swimming 12 988 3:56.4
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States Running 24 820 15:15.2

Men's Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP AIP
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States USA Final Standings 4 13,280 4,289 4,296
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States USA Riding 2 3,030 980
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States USA Fencing 7T 2,324 655 662
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States USA Shooting 2T 2,670 846
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States USA Swimming 8 2,844 988
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Modern Pentathlon United States USA Running 9 2,412 820