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Modern Pentathlon at the 1948 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: August 4, 1948
Events: 1

Participants: 45 (45 men and 0 women) from 16 countries
Youngest Participant: GBR Jack Lumsden (21 years, 97 days)
Oldest Participant: ITA Roberto Curcio (35 years, 362 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): SWE Sweden (2 medals)


The order of events was the same as in 1932 and 1936 – riding, fencing, shooting, swimming, and running. The event was held over six days (30 July-4 August), with two days devoted to épée fencing (30 July-1 August). Scoring was again by point-for-place scoring in the five phases. The sport finally would get an International Federation as the Union Internationale de Modern Pentathlon was founded during the London Olympics, on 3 August 1948.