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Modern Pentathlon at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Individual

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia International Horse Park, Conyers, Georgia; Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia; Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 30, 1996
Date Finished: July 30, 1996
Format: Scoring by point tables.

Gold: KAZ Alex Parygin
Silver: RUS Eduard Zenovka
Bronze: HUN János Martinek


With no team competition and all events held in one day, this was a completely new format for modern pentathlon at the Olympics. The 1994-95 World Champion was Russian [Dmitry Svatkovsky], a 24-year-old with a law degree who was a part-time performer in a Russian circus, and who was the favorite in Atlanta. But the leader after the third and fourth phases was a surprise, Italian [Cesare Toraldo]. He led Kazakh [Alex Parygin] by 46 points going into the cross-country run, with Svatkovsky struggling back in ninth place. In third place was the 1988 gold medalist, [János Martinek], who had been a big surprise back in 1988 and had done little internationally since then. [Eduard Zenovka], who had lost the 1992 gold medal with a disastrous ride in the last phase, was in sixth place but was known to be a very strong runner. In fact, he pulled ahead and took the lead with several hundred metres remaining. He would win the run, but the effort of pulling ahead had drained him and he stumbled in the stretch and fell, allowing Parygin, who was virtually unknown in the sport, to pass him for the gold medal. Zenovka recovered to get the silver, with Martinek winning bronze. In 1993, Zenovka had had much worse luck. Driving a truck with his fiancé, he crashed the truck while under the influence. She was killed and he spent a short time in a coma.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Alex Parygin 23 Kazakhstan KAZ Gold 5,551
2 Eduard Zenovka 27 Russia RUS Silver 5,530
3 János Martinek 31 Hungary HUN Bronze 5,501
4 Dmitry Svatkovsky 24 Russia RUS 5,489
5 Igor Warabida 21 Poland POL 5,452
6 Ákos Hanzély 27 Hungary HUN 5,435
7 Imre Tiidemann 25 Estonia EST 5,414
8 Cesare Toraldo 33 Italy ITA 5,402
9 Sergio Salazar 22 Mexico MEX 5,387
10 Per-Olov Danielsson 27 Sweden SWE 5,375
11 Kim Mi-Seop 23 South Korea KOR 5,367
12 Christophe Ruer 31 France FRA 5,363
13 Andrejus Zadneprovskis 21 Lithuania LTU 5,363
14 Adrian Toader 24 Romania ROU 5,335
15 Claud Cloete 26 South Africa RSA 5,308
16 Michael Gostigian 33 United States USA 5,305
17 Fabio Nebuloni 27 Italy ITA 5,285
18 Richard Phelps 35 Great Britain GBR 5,254
19 Manuel Barroso 32 Portugal POR 5,246
20 Vaho Iagorashvili 32 Georgia GEO 5,226
21 Péter Sárfalvi 25 Hungary HUN 5,196
22 Vjačeslavs Duhanovs 23 Latvia LAT 5,186
23 Horacio de la Vega 21 Mexico MEX 5,182
24 Heorhiy Chymerys 23 Ukraine UKR 5,154
25 Alessandro Conforto 30 Italy ITA 5,128
26 Sébastien Deleigne 29 France FRA 5,071
27 Maciej Czyżowicz 34 Poland POL 5,021
28 Grigory Bremel 28 Russia RUS 4,808
29 Philipp Waeffler 24 Switzerland SUI 4,774
30 Igor Feldman 34 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 4,547
31 Dmitry Tyurin 37 Kazakhstan KAZ 3,878
AC Alexander Johnson 27 Australia AUS DNF