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Modern Pentathlon at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Date Started: July 21, 1952
Date Finished: July 25, 1952
Events: 2

Participants: 51 (51 men and 0 women) from 19 countries
Youngest Participant: HUN Aladár Kovácsi (19 years, 223 days)
Oldest Participant: SWE Claes Egnell (36 years, 175 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): HUN Hungary (3 medals)


The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM), the first governing body of modern pentathlon was formed during the 1948 Olympics, and it began World Championships for the first time in 1949. In Helsinki, a team event was added, consisting of three competitors from the individual event. Point-for-place scoring was still being used although this would soon be replaced by a point scoring system that was initiated in 1954. The team event was scored by adding up the individual placement scores of the nation’s three athletes. The order of events was the by-now standard of riding, fencing, shooting, swimming, and running. The competitions were held at Hameenlinna, a training center of the Finnish Army, and the facilities were noted to be excellent with very scenic surroundings.