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Modern Pentathlon at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Antwerp Swimming Stadium, Antwerpen; Flower Hall, Middelheim Park, Antwerpen; Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen; Shooting Range, Het Kiel, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 24, 1920
Date Finished: August 27, 1920
Format: Point-for-place scoring.

Gold: SWE Gustaf Dyrssen
Silver: SWE Erik de Laval
Bronze: SWE Gösta Runö


Very little was written about the 1920 modern pentathlon in the newspapers and sporting journals and, thus, other than the results, we know little about the competition. Sweden dominated the event. Sweden's [Erik de Laval] won the first event, the shooting, but after the second event, swimming, the lead was taken by his teammate, [Gösta Runö]. Their countryman [Gustaf Dyrssen] took the lead after the fencing competition and held it throughout to win quite easily. In addition to his gold medal, he was awarded possession of the Challenge Prize that had been donated by [Baron Pierre de Coubertin]. The United States’ [Robert Sears] was in third place after three events, but faltered in the riding and cross-country running, and finished eighth. The medals were taken by the above three Swedes. There was no team competition but, had there been, Sweden would have had a perfect score as they swept the first four places.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal O
1 Gustaf Dyrssen 28 Sweden SWE Gold 18
2 Erik de Laval 31 Sweden SWE Silver 23
3 Gösta Runö 23 Sweden SWE Bronze 27
4 Bengt Uggla 25 Sweden SWE 46
5 Marius Christensen 30 Denmark DEN 47
6 Harold Rayner 31 United States USA 48
7T Emil Hagelberg 24 Finland FIN 51
7T Robert Sears 35 United States USA 51
9 Georges Brulé 43 France FRA 57
10 Ejner Augsburg 27 Denmark DEN 57
11 Edward Clarke 31 Great Britain GBR 60
12 Harry Bjørnholm 28 Denmark DEN 61
13 Arne Tellefsen 29 Norway NOR 62
14T Olliver Smith 21 Norway NOR 66
14T Hugh Boustead 25 Great Britain GBR 66
16 René Foucher France FRA 67
17 Thomas Wand-Tetley 22 Great Britain GBR 69
18 Henri Candelon France FRA 71
19 Jean Mondielli 37 France FRA 72
20 Johan Herluf Skjoldager 25 Denmark DEN 77
21 Edward Gedge 24 Great Britain GBR 78
22 Adriano Lanza 36 Italy ITA 91
AC Kalle Kainuvaara 29 Finland FIN DNF