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Modern Pentathlon at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Convention Center, Beijing; Olympic Sports Centre, Beijing Olympic Green, Beijing; Ying Tung Natatorium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008
Format: Scoring by point tables.

Gold: RUS Andrey Moiseyev
Silver: LTU Edvinas Krungolcas
Bronze: LTU Andrejus Zadneprovskis

Summary

After winning the 2004 gold medal, Andrey Moiseyev (RUS) had been steady leading up to the Beijing Olympics. He was third at the 2005 World Championships, second at the 2006 European Championships, and earlier in 2008, won the European Championships. His best event was fencing and he tied for first, helping him to move into the lead after three phases. He continued to lead thru the riding and took a 52-point lead into the cross-country run, followed by China’s Qian Zhenhua, the 2005 World Champion and first Asian to win a medal at the World Championships, who had been the leader after two phases. Moiseyev placed only 27th in the run, but none of the top runners were anywhere near him and he held on to defend his gold medal. This made him only the second modern pentathlete to win two individual gold medals, after Lars Hall (SWE) in 1952-56. Qian could not maintain his medal position and placed fourth.

The 1996 Champion, Alex Parygin, attempted to represent Australia at these Olympics, as he had in 2004. His participation was prevented by the British pentathlon federation, which appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), stating he had never met the required number of points to compete in Beijing.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Andrey Moiseyev 29 Russia RUS Gold 5.632
2 Edvinas Krungolcas 35 Lithuania LTU Silver 5.548
3 Andrejus Zadneprovskis 33 Lithuania LTU Bronze 5.524
4 Qian Zhenhua 28 China CHN 5.516
5 Steffen Gebhardt 27 Germany GER 5.480
6 Michal Michalík 28 Czech Republic CZE 5.460
7 Pavlo Tymoshchenko 21 Ukraine UKR 5.436
8 Óscar Soto 25 Mexico MEX 5.420
9 Dmytro Kirpulianskiy 23 Ukraine UKR 5.416
10 Sam Weale 26 Great Britain GBR 5.412
11 Deniss Čerkovskis 29 Latvia LAT 5.352
12 Dmitry Melyakh 29 Belarus BLR 5.348
13 Marcin Horbacz 34 Poland POL 5.344
14 Nicola Benedetti 22 Italy ITA 5.344
15 Yanier Velázquez 21 Cuba CUB 5.320
16 Eric Walther 33 Germany GER 5.292
17 Andrea Valentini 30 Italy ITA 5.288
18 Sam Sacksen 22 United States USA 5.280
19 Viktor Horváth 30 Hungary HUN 5.272
20 Ilya Frolov 24 Russia RUS 5.268
21 Bartosz Majewski 21 Poland POL 5.212
22 Eli Bremer 30 United States USA 5.204
23 Jean Berrou 22 France FRA 5.172
24 Joshua Riker-Fox 24 Canada CAN 5.172
25 Nick Woodbridge 22 Great Britain GBR 5.168
26 Gábor Balogh 32 Hungary HUN 5.064
27 Cristián Bustos 26 Chile CHI 5.008
28 Nam Dong-Hong 24 South Korea KOR 4.968
29 David Svoboda 23 Czech Republic CZE 4.828
30 Cao Zhongrong 26 China CHN 4.828
31 Yoshihiro Murakami 31 Japan JPN 4.784
32 Amro El-Geziry 21 Egypt EGY 4.688
33 Lee Chun-Heon 28 South Korea KOR 4.316
34 John Zakrzewski 25 France FRA 4.264
35 Yegor Lappo 26 Belarus BLR 4.252
36 Jaime López 22 Spain ESP 4.196