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Modern Pentathlon at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 1980
Events: 2

Participants: 43 (43 men and 0 women) from 17 countries
Youngest Participant: SWE George Horvath (20 years, 129 days)
Oldest Participant: URS Pavel Lednyov (37 years, 118 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. For the first time, athletes had to qualify by reaching at least 4,500 points at one of six qualifying tournaments. Several NATO countries did not allow their athletes from the military to compete in Moskva, which notably influenced the Italians, as [Daniele Masala], who would win gold in 1984, couldn’t compete.