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Men's Pentathlon

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 16, 1920
Date Finished: August 16, 1920
Format: All compete in the Top three events. The Top twelve then advanced to the fourth event, the discus throw. The top six after that event then advance to the final event, the 1,500 metres.

Gold: FIN Eero Lehtonen
Silver: USA Everett Bradley
Bronze: FIN Hugo Lahtinen


The pentathlon was a laughable win for [Eero Lehtonen] of Finland. He moved into first place after the second event, the javelin throw, and was never headed, placing first or second in four of the five events. However, behind him, a great battle ensued for the other medals. [Everett Bradley] (USA), [Hugo Lahtinen] (FIN), [Bob LeGendre] (USA), [Helge Løvland] (NOR), and [Brutus Hamilton] (USA) were separated by only three points on the point-for-place scoring system. Bradley won the silver medal. Lahtinen took the bronze medal in a tie-breaker with LeGendre in which the decathlon scoring tables were used. Løvland again narrowly beat out Hamilton, this time for 5th place, and again the decathlon scoring tables were needed to break the tie. In addition to his gold medal, Lehtonen was also awarded the Challenge Prize that had been donated by the King of Sweden. In addition to his gold medal, Løvland was also awarded the Challenge Prize that had been donated by the Russian Emperor.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal O EF P(1912BT) P(1985T)
1 Eero Lehtonen 22 Finland FIN Gold 14
2 Everett Bradley 22 United States USA Silver 24
3 Hugo Lahtinen 28 Finland FIN Bronze 26 3.576,305 3.559
4 Bob LeGendre 22 United States USA 26 3.534,365 3.509
5 Helge Løvland 29 Norway NOR 27 3.695,375 3.548
6 Brutus Hamilton 19 United States USA 27 3.510,060 3.455
7 Bertil Ohlson 21 Sweden SWE 30
8 Aleksander Klumberg 21 Estonia EST 29 4 events
9 Axel-Erik Gyllenstolpe 26 Sweden SWE 35 4 events
10 Evert Nilsson 25 Sweden SWE 37 4 events
11 Carl-Enock Svensson 25 Sweden SWE 38 4 events
12 Ossian Nylund 26 Finland FIN 46 4 events
13 Robert Dunne 20 United States USA 47 4 events
14 Ole Reistad 21 Norway NOR 49 4 events
15 Edmond Médécin 21 Monaco MON 51 4 events
16 Konstantinos Roumbesis Greece GRE 48 3 events
17 James Andromedas Greece GRE 52 3 events
AC Hiroshi Masuda 18 Japan JPN DNF
AC Jonni Myyrä 27 Finland FIN DNF