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Modern Pentathlon at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Indoor Swimming Pool, Olympic Park, Seoul; Mongchon Toseong, Olympic Park, Seoul; Olympic Fencing Gymnasium, Olympic Park, Seoul; Seoul Equestrian Park, Gwacheon; Taeneung International Shooting Range, Seoul
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: September 22, 1988
Format: Scoring by point tables.

Gold: HUN János Martinek
Silver: ITA Carlo Massullo
Bronze: URS Vaho Iagorashvili

Summary

The former dominance of the Eastern European nations was fading somewhat. Of the last five World Championships, two had been won by Italians (Daniele Masala in 1982 – also 1984 Olympic champion, and Carlo Massulo in 1986) and one by Frenchman, Joël Bouzou in 1987. Hungary and the Soviet Union had once dominated the event. And after two phases, Hungary’s János Martinek surprisingly took the lead – he had little international reputation but had won the 1987 Hungarian title. He continued to lead after the swimming, followed by another surprise – Soviet Georgian Vakht’ang “Vaho” Iagorashvili, who moved up by finishing second in the swim. Martinek did poorly in the shooting, placing 45th, and dropped back to third place after four phases, trailing Iagorashvili by 29 points. Massulo had moved into third as they began the cross-country run. Both Martinek and Massulo passed Iagorashvili in the run, with Martinek winning a surprise gold medal. There were two doping positives in the 1988 modern pentathlon. Alexander Watson (AUS) was caught for excessive levels of caffeine, while Jorge Quesada (ESP) tested positive for propranolol, a β-blocker.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 János Martinek 23 Hungary HUN Gold 5,404
2 Carlo Massullo 31 Italy ITA Silver 5,379
3 Vaho Iagorashvili 24 Soviet Union URS Bronze 5,367
4 Attila Mizsér 27 Hungary HUN 5,281
5 Christophe Ruer 23 France FRA 5,242
6 Richard Phelps 27 Great Britain GBR 5,229
7 László Fábián 25 Hungary HUN 5,201
8 Joël Bouzou 32 France FRA 5,198
9 Peter Steinmann 26 Switzerland SUI 5,181
10 Daniele Masala 33 Italy ITA 5,152
11 Milan Kadlec 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 5,130
12 Kim Myeong-Geon 18 South Korea KOR 5,099
13 Gang Gyeong-Hyo 23 South Korea KOR 5,074
14 Ivar Sisniega 30 Mexico MEX 5,065
15 Maciej Czyżowicz 26 Poland POL 5,048
16 Dominic Mahony 24 Great Britain GBR 5,047
17 Gianluca Tiberti 21 Italy ITA 5,040
18 Robert Nieman 40 United States USA 5,034
19 Tomáš Fleissner 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 5,010
20 German Yuferov 25 Soviet Union URS 5,007
21 Graham Brookhouse 26 Great Britain GBR 5,000
22 Svante Rasmuson 32 Sweden SWE 4,987
23 Arkadiusz Skrzypaszek 20 Poland POL 4,982
24 Marcus Marsollek 23 West Germany FRG 4,964
25 Jan-Erik Danielsson 28 Sweden SWE 4,956
26 Andy Jung 27 Switzerland SUI 4,951
27 Tue Hellstern 27 Denmark DEN 4,940
28 Alejandro Yrizar 23 Mexico MEX 4,920
29 Jiří Prokopius 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 4,903
30 Hiroshi Saito 27 Japan JPN 4,881
31 Mohamed Abdou El-Souad 19 Egypt EGY 4,853
32 Eduardo Quesada 24 Spain ESP 4,852
33 Lawrence Keyte 25 Canada CAN 4,847
34 Manuel Barroso 24 Portugal POR 4,844
35 Anatoly Avdeyev 27 Soviet Union URS 4,840
36 Helmut Spannagl 26 Austria AUT 4,833
37 Bruno Génard 27 France FRA 4,828
38 Leopoldo Centeno 21 Spain ESP 4,814
39 Marcelo Hoyo 26 Mexico MEX 4,800
40 Nicholas Fekete 26 Canada CAN 4,785
41 Michael Zimmermann 29 West Germany FRG 4,782
42 Peter Burger 33 Switzerland SUI 4,731
43 Li King-Ho 28 Chinese Taipei TPE 4,682
44 Barry Kennedy 35 Canada CAN 4,677
45 Ayman Mahmoud 21 Egypt EGY 4,675
46 Ahmed Al-Doseri Bahrain BRN 4,641
47 Saleh Sultan Farhan Faraj 25 Bahrain BRN 4,600
48 Rob Stull 28 United States USA 4,588
49 Moustafa Adam 19 Egypt EGY 4,585
50 Tadafumi Miwa 26 Japan JPN 4,517
51 Abdul Rahman Khalid 22 Bahrain BRN 4,502
52 Wiesław Chmielewski 31 Poland POL 4,501
53 Chuang Tang-Fa Chinese Taipei TPE 4,435
54 Julio Fuentes 27 Chile CHI 4,325
55 Ricardo Falconi 25 Chile CHI 4,316
56 Roderick Martin 29 Sweden SWE 4,262
57 Gerardo Cortes, Jr. 29 Chile CHI 4,156
58 Zhang Bin 18 China CHN 4,081
59 Michael Gostigian 25 United States USA 4,023
60 Dirk Knappheide 21 West Germany FRG 3,917
61 Kim Seong-Ho 23 South Korea KOR 3,854
62 Alejandro Michelena 24 Uruguay URU 3,790
63 Hiroaki Izumikawa 30 Japan JPN 3,722
AC Jorge Quesada 27 Spain ESP [4,970] DQ
AC Alex Watson 30 Australia AUS [4,015] DQ