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Modern Pentathlon at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Asaka Shooting Range, Nezu Park, Asaka, Saitama; Combined Athletic Grounds, Tokyo University, Bunkyo, Tokyo; Kokuritsu Yoyogi Kyogijo, Shibuya, Tokyo; Memorial Hall, Waseda University, Shinjuku, Tokyo; Nezu Park, Asaka, Saitama
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 15, 1964
Format: Scoring by point tables.

Gold: HUN Ferenc Török
Silver: URS Igor Novikov
Bronze: URS Albert Mokeyev

Summary

The two favorites should have been Soviet Igor Novikov and Hungarian András Balczó. Novikov was a four-time World Champion but had never won an individual Olympic medal. Balczó was World Champion in 1963 and would continue to win that title thru 1969, but could not compete in Tokyo, as he was in jail for smuggling watches. In his absence, Hungary was led by Ferenc Török, who had been the runner-up at the 1963 Worlds. The riding was a crapshoot as usual with none of the favorites near the top, although the Japanese Organizing Committee had provided excellent horses. But Török won the fencing easily, winning 27 of 36 matches, and took over the lead after two phases. In rapid-fire pistol shooting, Novikov placed equal second, moving into second place overall behind Török, who was equal ninth in the shooting. In the 300 metre freestyle swimming, Novikov placed fifth and Török 23rd, but Török held onto a narrow 19-point lead going into the cross-country run. Novikov was right on Török’s shoulder throughout the run, but could not get past him. Török would place fifth in the run and Novikov sixth. It was enough to give Ferenc Török the gold medal, and Novikov the silver, his first individual medal after four Olympics. After the finish, Török had to be resuscitated with oxygen for about an hour. The medal ceremony was postponed until he was able to participate. He would later become a member of the Hungarian Parliament (1990-94) for the Hungarian Liberal Party, SZDSZ.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Ferenc Török 29 Hungary HUN Gold 5,116
2 Igor Novikov 34 Soviet Union URS Silver 5,067
3 Albert Mokeyev 28 Soviet Union URS Bronze 5,039
4 Peter Macken 25 Australia AUS 4,897
5 Viktor Mineyev 27 Soviet Union URS 4,894
6 James Moore 29 United States USA 4,891
7 Imre Nagy 31 Hungary HUN 4,874
8 Bo Jansson 27 Sweden SWE 4,760
9 Dave Kirkwood 29 United States USA 4,722
10 Rolf Junefelt 26 Sweden SWE 4,674
11 Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall 23 Sweden SWE 4,665
12 Wolfgang Gödicke 29 Germany GER 4,657
13 Uwe Adler 20 Germany GER 4,654
14 Alfonso Ottaviani 27 Italy ITA 4,651
15 Shigeaki Uchino 33 Japan JPN 4,619
16 Paul Pesthy 26 United States USA 4,594
17 Yoshihide Fukutome 31 Japan JPN 4,587
18 Donald McMiken 22 Australia AUS 4,562
19 Keijo Vanhala 24 Finland FIN 4,536
20 Kari Kaaja 23 Finland FIN 4,501
21 Benjamin Finnis 27 Great Britain GBR 4,492
22 Jorma Hotanen 28 Finland FIN 4,454
23 Elmar Frings 25 Germany GER 4,443
24 Udo Birnbaum 27 Austria AUT 4,424
25 Robert Phelps 25 Great Britain GBR 4,402
26 Ottó Török 26 Hungary HUN 4,305
27 Duncan Page 29 Australia AUS 4,286
28 José Wilson 32 Brazil BRA 4,278
29 Jim Fox 23 Great Britain GBR 4,274
30 Shigeki Mino 32 Japan JPN 4,196
31 Aquiles Gloffka 27 Chile CHI 4,107
32 Rudolf Trost 24 Austria AUT 4,099
33 Herbert Polzhuber 26 Austria AUT 4,047
34 David Bárcena 22 Mexico MEX 3,974
35 Eduardo Florez 20 Mexico MEX 3,888
36 Enrique Padilla 30 Mexico MEX 3,760
37 Choi Gwi-Seung 23 South Korea KOR 2,809