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Modern Pentathlon at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Aldershot Lido, Aldershot; Army School of Physical Training, Aldershot Military Town; Bisley Rifle Range, Bisley; Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Sandhurst; Tweseldown Racecourse, Fleet, Hampshire
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: August 4, 1948
Format: Point-for-place scoring.

Gold: SWE Wille Grut
Silver: USA George Moore
Bronze: SWE Gösta Gärdin

Summary

At the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz a “Winter Pentathlon” demonstration sport had been contested, consisting of downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, shooting, fencing, and a horse steeplechase. Finishing second in that competition was Sweden’s Wille Grut. Grut had been Swedish champion in the modern pentathlon in 1938-40, 1944, and 1948, and won several other Swedish national titles in swimming, and water polo. He would make his only Olympic appearances in 1948, but his efforts in London would result in the most dominant victory ever in Olympic modern pentathlon. He began by winning the cross-country steeplechase ride at Tweseldown Racecourse and then tied for first in épée fencing. After two phases he had only two points, but America’s George Moore was still close with only five points. Grut then finished fifth in shooting, and when Moore placed 21st with the pistol, the race for the gold medal was over. Grut also won the swimming, thus winning three of the five phases of the modern pentathlon, and he led Moore 8-43 going into the run. He placed eighth in the cross-country run to finish with only 16 points, well ahead of Moore, who placed fourth in cross-country and won the silver medal with 47 points. Grut’s teammate, Gösta Gårdin, placed third with 49 points. Grut’s father, Torben, had been the architect of the Stockholm Olympic Stadium used for the 1912 Olympics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal O
1 Wille Grut 33 Sweden SWE Gold 16
2 George Moore 29 United States USA Silver 47
3 Gösta Gärdin 25 Sweden SWE Bronze 49
4 Lauri Vilkko 22 Finland FIN 64
5 Olavi Larkas 34 Finland FIN 71
6 Bruno Riem Switzerland SUI 74
7 Franz Hegner Switzerland SUI 79
8 Richard Gruenther 23 United States USA 81
9 Nilo Floody 27 Chile CHI 85
10 Viktor Platan 28 Finland FIN 86
11 Enrique Wirth Argentina ARG 93
12 Frigyes Hegedűs 28 Hungary HUN 95
13 Hale Baugh 23 United States USA 96
14 André Lacroix 26 France FRA 97
15 Giulio Palmonella 29 Italy ITA 98
16 Louis Pichon 31 France FRA 100
17 Sune Wehlin 25 Sweden SWE 102
18 István Szondy 22 Hungary HUN 105
19 Roberto Curcio 35 Italy ITA 105
20 Albert Martin Great Britain GBR 108
21 Augusto Premoli Argentina ARG 109
22 Alberto Moreiras Spain ESP 112
23 José Luis Riera 31 Spain ESP 114
24 Hernán Fuentes 30 Chile CHI 117
25 Duilio Brignetti 21 Italy ITA 118
26 Alberto Ortíz 25 Uruguay URU 119
27 Werner Schmid 28 Switzerland SUI 119
28 Christian Palant 23 France FRA 119
29 Karel Bártů 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 124
30 Aëcio Coelho 23 Brazil BRA 125
31 Carlos Mercader 25 Uruguay URU 125
32 Horacio Siburu Argentina ARG 127
33 Alejandro Quiroz Mexico MEX 130
34 Jack Lumsden 21 Great Britain GBR 132
35 Ricardo García Mexico MEX 134
36 Manuel Bernabeu 28 Spain ESP 141
37 Geoffrey Brooke 28 Great Britain GBR 145
38 Aloysio Borges 30 Brazil BRA 146
39 Otto Jemelka Czechoslovakia TCH 150
40 Louis Fauconnier 32 Belgium BEL 155
41 Charles Vyt 34 Belgium BEL 156
42 Ruben Orozco Uruguay URU 164
43 Humberto Bedford 32 Brazil BRA 205
AC László Karácson 29 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Raoul Mollet 35 Belgium BEL DNF