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Modern Pentathlon at the 1972 München Summer Games

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Host City: München, West Germany
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972
Events: 2

Participants: 59 (59 men and 0 women) from 20 countries
Youngest Participant: CAN George Skene (17 years, 176 days)
Oldest Participant: SWE Bo Jansson (35 years, 130 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (3 medals)


The program consisted of an individual and team event 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. One change in the format was the that steeplechase riding event was shortened to one kilometer.