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Modern Pentathlon at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Date Started: October 13, 1968
Date Finished: October 17, 1968
Events: 2

Participants: 48 (48 men and 0 women) from 18 countries
Youngest Participant: GDR Jörg Tscherner (21 years, 61 days)
Oldest Participant: AUS Duncan Page (33 years, 350 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): HUN András Balczó and URS Pavel Lednyov (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): HUN Hungary and URS Soviet Union (2 medals)


As in 1952-64, the events consisted of an individual and team competition for men, scored by a series of scoring tables for each of the phases. The format was the same as it had been since 1932, with the order of the phases staying the same – riding, fencing, shooting, swimming, and running. The competition was held over five days, with no rest day. The UIPM had also instituted a new point scoring system after the 1964 season. The UIPM also began doping controls after the 1965 World Championships, when there had been some incidents involving the athletes using alcohol before the shooting. The Austrian [Herbert Polzhuber] had apparently drank 10 beers and a bottle of cognac and responded by shooting all his bullets into the ground.