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Modern Pentathlon at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Fencing Hall, Amsterdam; Riding School, Willem III Barracks, Amersfoort; Shooting Terrain, Zeeburg, Amsterdam; Sports Park, Hilversum; Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 31, 1928
Date Finished: August 4, 1928
Format: Point-for-place scoring.

Gold: SWE Sven Thofelt
Silver: SWE Bo Lindman
Bronze: GER Helmut Kahl


The defending champion, [Bo Lindman], was back. As only Swedes had won the medals in this event in 1912-1924, he and his teammates, [Sven Thofelt] and [Ingvar Berg], were expected to lead the event. Thofelt took the lead after the second phase, swimming, finishing second in that sport. Lindman was hampered by a poor start in shooting, finishing only 15th, and although he moved up with a fifth-place in swimming, he stood only seventh after two phases. Thofelt maintained the lead after fencing, finishing fourth with the épée. German [Helmuth Kahl] placed second in fencing and moved into second place overall. Lindman again struggled, finishing 22nd with the sword, and now in ninth place, his chances for gold, or even a medal, seemed remote. But he moved up into a tie for fourth place after the cross-country run, as Thofelt and Kahl continued to lead, despite mediocre running performances. After four phases, the places were Thofelt 1st with 33, Kahl 2nd with 40, [Willem van Rhijn] (NED) 3rd with 43, and Lindman tied with Italy’s [Eugenio Pagnani] in fourth with 45 points. But Lindman almost caught the leaders. He rode well, finishing third in the steeplechase, and moved up to the silver medal. Thofelt finished only 21st on the horse, but hung on for the gold. Kahl won bronze, the first medal ever won in modern pentathlon by a non-Swede. Thofelt would return to the Olympics in modern pentathlon in 1932 and 1936, but did not medal. However, he won Olympic medals in fencing in both 1936 and 1948. He would later become President of the Unione International de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) after its formation in 1949, would serve in that post for 23 years, and also became an IOC Member from 1970-76. The shooting section of the 1928 modern pentathlon was won by [Heinz Hax], who would win two silver medals in shooting in 1932-36 and was the son of [George Hax], who competed in the Olympics in water polo in 1900 and gymnastics in 1906.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal O
1 Sven Thofelt 23 Sweden SWE Gold 47
2 Bo Lindman 29 Sweden SWE Silver 50
3 Helmut Kahl 27 Germany GER Bronze 52
4 Ingvar Berg 22 Sweden SWE 58
5 Heinz Hax 28 Germany GER 59
6 David Turquand-Young 24 Great Britain GBR 65
7T Christiaan Tonnet 26 Netherlands NED 69
7T Hermann Hölter 28 Germany GER 69
9 Willem van Rhijn 25 Netherlands NED 71
10 Helge Jensen 32 Denmark DEN 73
11 Eugenio Pagnini 22 Italy ITA 74
12 Zenon Małłysko 30 Poland POL 77
13 Lauri Kettunen 23 Finland FIN 81
14 Otto Olsen 33 Denmark DEN 82
15T Aubrey Newman 25 United States USA 83
15T Henrik Avellan 26 Finland FIN 83
15T Luigi Petrillo Italy ITA 83
18 Carlo Simonetti 24 Italy ITA 84
19 Richard Mayo 25 United States USA 86
20 Peter Hains 27 United States USA 87
21 Tauno Lampola 24 Finland FIN 89
22 Alfred Goodwin 25 Great Britain GBR 99
23 Tivadar Filótás 24 Hungary HUN 107
24T Tjeerd Pasma 23 Netherlands NED 108
24T Lance East 26 Great Britain GBR 108
26 Stefan Szelestowski 27 Poland POL 110
27 Édouard Écuyer de le Court 26 Belgium BEL 111
28 Charles-Jean LeVavasseur France FRA 113
29 Pierre Coche France FRA 119
30 Rudolf Růžička Czechoslovakia TCH 127
31 Sebastião de Herédia 25 Portugal POR 133
32 Charles Vannerom 31 Belgium BEL 135
33 André Crémon France FRA 141
34 Franciszek Koprowski 32 Poland POL 142
35T Josef Schejbal 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 144
35T Charles Cumont Belgium BEL 144
37 Kamil Gampe Czechoslovakia TCH 150