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Cornel Vena

Full name: Cornel Vena
Gender: Male
Born: October 20, 1932 in Sibiu, Sibiu, Romania
Country: ROU Romania
Sport: Modern Pentathlon

Biography

Cornel Vena studied Physical Education and Sport at the ICF Institute in Buçuresti, where he rowed with the eight. In 1953 he learned of the modern pentathlon and entered a qualifying tournament for the Romanian team, which consisted of swimming, running, and shooting, and to his surprise, won the event. He had to improve his swimming to compete internationally, but without much experience, he became an excellent fencer. Vena competed at the 1954 and 1955 World Championships, winning 22 bouts in the fencing phase of the modern pentathlon. At the 1956 Olympics, he won 29 of 35 bouts in fencing, scoring 1,111 points. Although records are not fully complete for the early years, this is the best known performance in Olympic modern pentathlon fencing, winning 82.9% of his bouts, and the highest score ever awarded in fencing in the Olympic modern pentathlon.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Men's Individual Romania ROU 14
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Men's Team Romania ROU 6

Men's Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T TP OP W S
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania Final Standings 14 4,073.5
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania Riding 22 442.5 13:11 522.5 80
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania Fencing 1 1,111.0 29
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania Shooting 23 740.0 182
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania Swimming 30 750.0 4:50.9
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania Running 17 1,030.0 14:50.3

Men's Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP AIP IP
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania ROU Final Standings 6 10,613.0 4,073.5
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania ROU Riding 8 1,160.0 442.5
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania ROU Fencing 2T 2,194.0 1,111.0
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania ROU Shooting 6 2,160.0 740.0
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania ROU Swimming 8 2,195.0 750.0
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Modern Pentathlon Romania ROU Running 6 2,904.0 1,030.0