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Modern Pentathlon at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Date Started: September 18, 1988
Date Finished: September 22, 1988
Events: 2

Participants: 65 (65 men and 0 women) from 26 countries
Youngest Participant: KOR Kim Myeong-Geon (18 years, 180 days)
Oldest Participant: USA Bob Nieman (40 years, 334 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): HUN János Martinek and ITA Carlo Massullo (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): ITA Italy and HUN Hungary (2 medals)


The order of the events was the same in 1988 as in 1984 – riding, fencing, swimming, shooting, and running. But unlike 1984, the competition took place over five days, with one phase held each day. Again the program consisted of a men’s individual and team event. One other change was in the riding phase. Previously this had always been conducted over a steeplechase course that took about 8-10 minutes to finish. But starting in 1988, it was contested as show jumping over a much shorter course, typically now only about 400 metres.