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Modern Pentathlon at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Team

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Dynamo Shooting Range, Mytishchi; Football Fieldhouse, CSKA Sports Complex, Moskva; Swimming Pool, Olympiysky Sports Complex, Moskva; Trade Union's Equestrian Complex, Bitsevsky Park, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 1980
Format: Scoring by point tables. Team scores totalled from individual scores. Three-man teams with all scores counting.

Gold: URS Soviet Union
Silver: HUN Hungary
Bronze: SWE Sweden


The Soviet Union and Hungary were usually the favorites in the team event. But neither had won a World title since Hungary in 1975. Poland was World Champion in 1977 and 1978, and the United States won the 1979 title, but was not in Moskva to compete because of the boycott. In Moskva, Poland performed poorly and would not even win a medal. After the second phase, épée fencing, Hungary moved into a narrow lead over the USSR, and the two had separated themselves from the field. Hungary continued to lead after the shooting. In swimming, Sweden won the phase by a big margin, even though one of their swimmers, [George Horvath], cost himself time when he lost his goggles. They moved into second place, only two points behind the Soviet Union going into the run. Hungary had dropped to third. But the Soviet runners won the cross-country phase and the gold medal, as Hungary passed Sweden to garner the silver, with Sweden winning bronze.

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Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal TP
1 Soviet Union URS Gold 16,126
2 Hungary HUN Silver 15,912
3 Sweden SWE Bronze 15,845
4 Poland POL 15,634
5 France FRA 15,345
6 Czechoslovakia TCH 15,339
7 Finland FIN 15,087
8 Great Britain GBR 15,062
9 Spain ESP 14,699
10 Bulgaria BUL 14,545
11 Romania ROU 14,390
12 Ireland IRL 13,295