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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Pentathlon (Ancient)

Athletics at the 1906 Summer Games:


Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 27, 1906
Date Finished: April 28, 1906
Format: Events were standing long jump, discus throw (Greek style), javelin throw, stade race (192 metres), and Greco-Roman wrestling.

Gold: SWE Hjalmar Mellander
Silver: HUN István Mudin
Bronze: SWE Eric Lemming


Point-for-place scoring was used to determine the placements. The events and order were as follows: 1) standing broad [long] jump; 2) Greek-style discus throw; 3) javelin throw; 4) stade race [192 metres]; and 5) Greco-Roman wrestling. The top eight after three events advanced to the fourth event, and the top six after four events advanced to the Greco-Roman wrestling.

It was actually called the athletic pentathlum in 1906 and consisted of the events of the ancient Greek pentathlon - standing long jump; a stade race - or a race of one length of the stadium (circa 190 metres); the Greek style discus throw; the javelin throw; and finally, Greco-Roman wrestling. This had never been contested in modern times but still it was easy to choose [Martin Sheridan] as the heavy favorite. However, on 26 April [13 April], Sheridan had injured his right leg when he tore the leg with his spikes while training for the jumping events, and after finishing third in the standing jump portion of the pentathlon, he withdrew.

With Sheridan gone, it was anyone's contest. The giant Hungarian, [István Mudin], looked like a possible winner, as the events put a premium on strength. He led by one point after three events, with 16 points. But his running and jumping hampered him, and in the end, Sweden's [Hjalmar Mellander] won through his consistency. His best finish in any event was third, but he also never finished worse than seventh. In addition he improved his placing in every event, and after trailing Mudin through three events, came on to win.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal O EF
1 Hjalmar Mellander 25 Sweden SWE Gold 24
2 István Mudin 24 Hungary HUN Silver 25
3 Eric Lemming 26 Sweden SWE Bronze 29
4 Uno Häggman 23 Finland FIN 34
5 Knut Lindberg 24 Sweden SWE 37
6 Lawson Robertson 22 United States USA 36
7 Ed Archibald 22 Canada CAN 33 4 events
8 Julius Wagner 23 Germany GER 37 4 events
9 Theodor Scheidl Austria AUT 33 3 events
10 György Luntzer 19 Hungary HUN 34 3 events
11 Khristos Parsalis Greece GRE 36 3 events
12T Arthur Mallwitz 25 Germany GER 38 3 events
12T Miroslav Å ustera 28 Bohemia BOH 38 3 events
14T Wilhelm Ritzenhoff 27 Germany GER 41 3 events
14T František Souček Bohemia BOH 41 3 events
16 Willy Dörr 24 Germany GER 44 3 events
17T Carl Kaltenbach 23 Germany GER 47 3 events
17T Heikki Åhlman 26 Finland FIN 47 3 events
19 Emilio Brambilla 23 Italy ITA 48 3 events
20 Henri Baur 33 Austria AUT 51 3 events
21 Dan Sullivan 24 United States USA 54 3 events
22T Gustav Krojer 20 Austria AUT 56 3 events
22T Pál Vargha Hungary HUN 56 3 events
24 Franz Solar Austria AUT 68 3 events
AC Martin Sheridan 25 United States USA DNF
AC André Désfarges 22 France FRA DNF