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Modern Pentathlon at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Individual

Modern Pentathlon at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Copper Box, Olympic Park, Stratford, London; Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London; London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 11, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012
Format: Scoring by point tables.

Gold: CZE David Svoboda
Silver: CHN Cao Zhongrong
Bronze: HUN Ádám Marosi

Summary

David Svoboda of the Czech Republic won the gold medal in this event, despite ranking only 20th in the world prior to the London Olympics. Svoboda started his gold medal run in the opening event, épée fencing, when he won 26 of 35 bouts to lead with 1,024 points, equaling the best ever Olympic fencing performance in modern pentathlon, set at Beijing in 2008 by Russian Andrey Moiseyev. In the 200 freestyle swim, Svoboda dropped to second behind China’s Cao Zhongrong but regained the lead after the riding.

The run was new to the Olympics as the format had been changed after Beijing. While previously the modern pentathlon consisted of five events, in 2009 the shooting and cross-country running were combined into a single event similar to the Winter Olympic biathlon. Runners carried a laser pistol as they ran and stopped at three shooting stations during their run, at which they were required to produce five shots on target, with penalties for extra shots needed and time penalties. Svoboda started the combined run-shoot with a one-second lead over Cao. In the final kilometer, Cao briefly took the lead but Svoboda shot well and pulled back ahead to win his gold medal.

Bronze went to Hungarian Adam Marosi, ranked #3 in the world coming into the Olympics. World #1 Aleksandr Lesun of Russia was third entering the run-shoot but faltered, allowing Marosi to pass him, and dropped off the podium.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 David Svoboda 27 Czech Republic CZE Gold 5928 OR
2 Cao Zhongrong 30 China CHN Silver 5904
3 Ádám Marosi 27 Hungary HUN Bronze 5836
4 Aleksandr Lesun 24 Russia RUS 5764
5 Steffen Gebhardt 31 Germany GER 5756
6 Thomas Daniel 27 Austria AUT 5744
7 Andrey Moiseyev 33 Russia RUS 5736
8 Justinas Kinderis 25 Lithuania LTU 5732
9 Riccardo De Luca 26 Italy ITA 5720
10 Nick Woodbridge 26 Great Britain GBR 5716
11 Jeong Jin-Hwa 23 South Korea KOR 5676
12 Róbert Kasza 26 Hungary HUN 5676
13 Sam Weale 30 Great Britain GBR 5664
14 Óscar Soto 29 Mexico MEX 5656
15 Ondřej Polívka 24 Czech Republic CZE 5652
16 Stanislav Zhuravlyov 24 Belarus BLR 5648
17 Cristopher Patte 22 France FRA 5620
18 Esteban Bustos 19 Chile CHI 5604
19 Deniss Čerkovskis 33 Latvia LAT 5576
20 Nicola Benedetti 26 Italy ITA 5568
21 Rustem Sabirkhuzin 34 Kazakhstan KAZ 5564
22 Shinichi Tomii 31 Japan JPN 5552
23 Pavlo Tymoshchenko 25 Ukraine UKR 5524
24 Szymon Staśkiewicz 25 Poland POL 5516
25 Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe 20 Ireland IRL 5516
26 Stefan Köllner 27 Germany GER 5488
27 Ed Fernon 24 Australia AUS 5480
28 Yasser Hefny 23 Egypt EGY 5440
29 Pavel Ilyashenko 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 5432
30 Dmitry Melyakh 33 Belarus BLR 5380
31 Andrei Gheorghe 24 Guatemala GUA 5368
32 Dennis Bowsher 29 United States USA 5324
33 Amro El-Geziry 25 Egypt EGY 5292
34 Hwang Wu-Jin 22 South Korea KOR 4908
35 Dmytro Kirpulianskiy 27 Ukraine UKR 4740
36 Wang Guan 25 China CHN 1904