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Modern Pentathlon at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women'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 22, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008
Format: Scoring by point tables.

Gold: GER Lena Schöneborn
Silver: GBR Heather Fell
Bronze: UKR Viktoriya Tereshchuk

Summary

Amélie Cazé (FRA) had won the World Championships in 2007-2008. But in Beijing she placed only 22nd in shooting and 16th in riding, and would finish only eighth overall, although she had moved up to fourth after three phases. Germany’s Lena Schöneborn had placed second to Cazé at the 2007 Worlds, but she took the early lead by winning the fencing, moving ahead by 60 points after two phases. Schöneborn, a former swimmer, would finish 10th in the swimming, fourth in riding, and ninth in cross-country, and would not be headed, winning the gold medal by 40 points over Britain’s Heather Fell. This was Germany’s first gold medal in pentathlon since 1936.

Cazé attempted to redeem herself, finishing second in the 200 freestyle, the third section. She placed behind American Sheila Taormina, who was the real story of the women’s event. It was not surprising that Taormina had won the swim, as she had won a relay gold medal in swimming at the 1996 Olympics. After that she turned to triathlon, and competed in that sport at the Sydney Olympics (6th) and Athina Olympics (23rd). Taking up modern pentathlon after the 2004 Olympics, she became the first woman to compete in three different sports at the Olympics. Unfortunately, in Beijing she was done in by her first two events. She placed 28th shooting and then last in fencing. She was last after two phases. Even though she won the next two phases, swimming and riding, and placed seventh in the run, she could move up only to 19th position overall. Still, it hardly diminished her accomplishment.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Lena Schöneborn 22 Germany GER Gold 5.792
2 Heather Fell 25 Great Britain GBR Silver 5.752
3 Viktoriya Tereshchuk 26 Ukraine UKR Bronze 5.672
4 Anastasiya Samusevich-Prokopenko 22 Belarus BLR 5.640
5 Chen Qian 21 China CHN 5.612
6 Paulina Boenisz 29 Poland POL 5.564
7 Katy Livingston 24 Great Britain GBR 5.548
8 Aya Medany 19 Egypt EGY 5.544
9 Amélie Caze 23 France FRA 5.536
10 Xiu Xiu 20 China CHN 5.464
11 Belinda Schreiber 30 Switzerland SUI 5.464
12 Tatyana Muratova 28 Russia RUS 5.452
13 Donata Rimšaitė 20 Lithuania LTU 5.436
14 Claudia Corsini 30 Italy ITA 5.408
15 Laura Asadauskaitė 24 Lithuania LTU 5.392
16 Lucie Grolichová 30 Czech Republic CZE 5.372
17 Sylwia Czwojdzińska 25 Poland POL 5.336
18 Yane Marques 24 Brazil BRA 5.332
19 Sheila Taormina 39 United States USA 5.304
20 Zsuzsa Vőrős 31 Hungary HUN 5.300
21 Margaux Isaksen 16 United States USA 5.292
22 Anna Arkhipenko 25 Belarus BLR 5.288
23 Jeļena Rubļevska 32 Latvia LAT 5.268
24 Leila Gyenesei 22 Hungary HUN 5.260
25 Yevdokia Grechishnikova 25 Russia RUS 5.240
26 Galina Dolgushina 27 Kazakhstan KAZ 5.216
27 Monica Pinette 31 Canada CAN 5.192
28 Marlene Sánchez 16 Mexico MEX 5.156
29 Eva Trautmann 26 Germany GER 5.028
30 Omnia Fakhry 26 Egypt EGY 4.996
31 Kara Grant 29 Canada CAN 4.976
32 Sara Bertoli 29 Italy ITA 4.956
33 Yun Cho-Rong 18 South Korea KOR 4.872
34 Rita Sanz-Agero 16 Guatemala GUA 4.844
35 Angie Darby 21 Australia AUS 4.816
36 Lada Dzhiyenbalanova 38 Kazakhstan KAZ 3.736