Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Copper Box, Olympic Park, Stratford, London; Greenwich Park, Greenwich, London; London Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 12, 2012
Date Finished: August 12, 2012
Format: Scoring by point tables.
The womenâs modern pentathlon closed out the 2012 London Olympic Games. The favorite was Lithuaniaâs [Laura AsadausakaitÄ], who had won medals at the last three World Championships. AsadausakaitÄ was steady throughout the day and did not disappoint, winning the final gold medal of London 2012. Latviaâs [Elena Rublevska] led after fencing, winning 25 of 35 bouts, with Hungaryâs [Adrienn TÃ³th] taking the lead after the swim. But TÃ³th faltered in the riding and would finish only 20th.
The run was new to the Olympics as the format had been changed after Beijing. While previously the modern pentathlon consisted of five events, in 2009 the shooting and cross-country running were combined into a single event similar to the Winter Olympic biathlon. Runners carried a laser pistol as they ran and stopped at three shooting stations during their run, at which they were required to produce five shots on target, with penalties for extra shots needed and time penalties. After the third event AsadausakaitÄ moved into a tie for the lead with Brazilâs [Yane Marques], but AsadausakaitÄ easily outran and shot her to win by 17 seconds, as Marques dropped back to bronze, being passed by Britainâs [Samanatha Murray]. Marquesâ medal was still the first by a South American modern pentathlete.
|2||Samantha Murray||22||Great Britain||GBR||Silver||5356|
|4||Margaux Isaksen||20||United States||USA||5332|
|21||Mhairi Spence||26||Great Britain||GBR||5052|
|22||NatÃ¡lie DianovÃ¡||23||Czech Republic||CZE||5048|
|24||Yang Su-Jin||23||South Korea||KOR||4964|
|28||Suzanne Stettinius||24||United States||USA||4832|