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Modern Pentathlon at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Equestrian Centre, Bromont, Québec; Olympic Pool, Montréal, Québec; Olympic Shooting Range, L'Acadie, Québec, CAN; Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec; University of Montréal Winter Stadium, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 18, 1976
Date Finished: July 22, 1976
Format: Scoring by point tables.

Gold: POL Janusz Pyciak-Peciak
Silver: URS Pavel Lednyov
Bronze: TCH Jan Bártů

Summary

Pavel Lednev (URS) was a heavy favorite, having won the World Championships in 1973, 1974, and 1975. Lednev took the lead after the second phase when he won the fencing section. Lednev was sixth in shooting to maintain his lead, followed by Czechoslovakia’s Ján Bártů and Poland’s Janusz Pyciak-Peciak. Lednev and Pyciak-Peciak were not strong swimmers. Neither was Bártů, but his 13th place finish in that section pulled him ahead of Lednev and into the lead after four phases, as Pyciak-Peciak dropped to fifth place. But the cross-country run was a strong point for the Pole, and Pyciak-Peciak finished third in the run to move ahead and win the gold medal. Lednev hung on for second place, while Bártů dropped back to the bronze medal. In the swimming American [Bob Niemann] set a pentathlon world record for the 300 metre freestyle, recording 3:13.61. Pyciak-Peciak’s victory was considered a major upset but he won the World Championship in 1977.

The 1971 World Champion was Boris Onishchenko who also placed third at the Worlds in 1973 and 1974. Considered a contender, something odd was noticed while he was competing in fencing. Even when he did not seem close to a touch, one was registered by the automatic equipment. After his épée was inspected it was found to be rigged so that he could trigger a touch even without making one. Onishchenko was disqualified and banned for life from the sport, which also caused his team to be disqualified. The world media gave him one of the most apt nicknames ever – Boris Dis-onishchenko. The Eastern European press noted that “Onischenko was disqualified for using a weapon not according to the regulations.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Janusz Pyciak-Peciak 27 Poland POL Gold 5,520
2 Pavel Lednyov 33 Soviet Union URS Silver 5,485
3 Jan Bártů 21 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze 5,466
4 Daniele Masala 21 Italy ITA 5,433
5 Adrian Parker 25 Great Britain GBR 5,298
6 John Fitzgerald 28 United States USA 5,286
7 Jørn Steffensen 31 Denmark DEN 5,281
8 Boris Mosolov 28 Soviet Union URS 5,200
9 Tamás Kancsal 24 Hungary HUN 5,195
10 Danny Nightingale 22 Great Britain GBR 5,187
11 Risto Hurme 26 Finland FIN 5,158
12 Alain Cortes 24 France FRA 5,133
13 Tibor Maracskó 27 Hungary HUN 5,126
14 Walter Esser 31 West Germany FRG 5,094
15 Jim Fox 34 Great Britain GBR 5,074
16 Michael Burley 23 United States USA 5,059
17 Bohumil Starnovský 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 5,056
18 Szvetiszláv Sasics 28 Hungary HUN 5,051
19 Zbigniew Pacelt 24 Poland POL 5,028
20 Hans Lager 24 Sweden SWE 5,015
21 Stoyan Zlatev 21 Bulgaria BUL 5,008
22 Velko Bratanov 26 Bulgaria BUL 4,999
23 Jussi Pelli 21 Finland FIN 4,932
24 Bengt Lager 25 Sweden SWE 4,930
25 Pierpaolo Cristofori 20 Italy ITA 4,927
26 Robert Nieman 28 United States USA 4,901
27 Klaus Petersen 25 Denmark DEN 4,878
28 Claude Guiguet 28 France FRA 4,859
29 Jiří Adam 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 4,858
30 Gerhard Werner 29 West Germany FRG 4,857
31 Shoji Uchida 27 Japan JPN 4,850
32 Gunnar Jacobson 28 Sweden SWE 4,843
33 Michel Gueguen 25 France FRA 4,825
34 Krzysztof Trybusiewicz 27 Poland POL 4,823
35 Heikki Hulkkonen 21 Finland FIN 4,809
36 Nikolay Nikolov 22 Bulgaria BUL 4,724
37 Akira Kubo 33 Japan JPN 4,700
38 Serge Bindy 21 Switzerland SUI 4,663
39 Mario Medda 33 Italy ITA 4,647
40 Hiroyuki Kawazoe 24 Japan JPN 4,591
41 Wolfgang Köpcke 28 West Germany FRG 4,551
42 Peter Ridgway 27 Australia AUS 4,550
43 John Hawes 25 Canada CAN 4,534
44 Peter Macken 37 Australia AUS 4,352
45 George Skene 21 Canada CAN 4,172
46 Jack Alexander 21 Canada CAN 4,123
AC Borys Onyshchenko 38 Soviet Union URS DQ