- London 2012 will crown the 23rd Modern Pentathlon male Olympic Champion and the 4th female Olympic Champion.
- Women started to compete in the Olympic Games in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
- The pentathlete with the most Olympic medals is Pavel Lednev of the USSR. Between 1968 and 1980 he won seven medals, one silver and three bronze medals in the individual event and two gold and silver in the team event.
- The average age of Modern Pentathlon Olympic Champions are: Men: 26.73 and Women 25.6 years.
- The youngest female competitor in London 2012 is Tamera Vega (MEX) who is 19 and the oldest is Elena Rublevska who is 36.
- The youngest male competitor in London 2012 is Esteban Bustos (CHI) who is 19 and the oldest Rustim Sabirkhouzine (KAZ) who is 34.
- The youngest ever competitor at the Olympics was Aya Medany (EGY) who was only 15 at the time of her debut in 2004. Aya remains one of the leading pentathlon women at London 2012.
- The oldest competitor was Carl Paulsen (GER) who at 53 competed at Stockholm in 1912. However, since he dropped out after the opening shooting event, he didn’t have time to show his remarkable ‘evidence of elasticity at that age’ mentioned in the local press of the time.
- The youngest ever gold medallist was Anatoli Starostin (URS) who, at only 20 years old, won the 1980 Moscow title.
- Sheila Taormina (USA), at 39, was the oldest female competitor at the Olympics. In 2008 in Beijing, she was competing in her fourth Olympics in her third sport. In 1996 she was a gold medallist in the swimming relay and in 2000 and 2004 she competed in Triathlon. In Beijing she won two events (swimming and riding) but won only 4 of her 35 bouts in the fencing.
- The countries with the most Olympic medals are Sweden and Hungary who each have won 21 medals (including 9 gold). In third place is the Soviet Union with 15 medals. However, since the break-up of the Soviet empire, former members of that union have won a further 13 medals.
- Only Great Britain has been represented at all 22 Olympic outings so far. Just behind (on 21) are Sweden, France, Italy and USA.
- Only one pentathlete has competed in five Olympics. Peter Macken (AUS) took part in the 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 Olympics.
- Only four women have competed in every Olympic event so far (2000, 2004, 2008) They are Paulina Boenisz (POL), Tatiana Muratova (RUS), Zsuzsa Vörös (HUN) and Elena Rublevska (LAT). Rublevska will participate in her fourth Olympics in London 2012.
- Only two pentathletes have ever won the Olympic title twice. Lars Hall (SWE) won in 1952 and 1956 and Andrei Moiseev (RUS) won in 2004 and 2008. Moiseev is in line to win an unprecedented third consecutive Olympic title in London in 2012.
- Vaho Yagorashvili competed in Modern Pentathlon at three different Olympic Games representing three different countries – USSR (1988), Georgia (1996) and USA (2004).
- Until the 1996 Olympics, the Modern Pentathlon had always been the first Olympic event to take place in the programme. From the advent of the One Day Event in 1996, it has changed to being the final Olympic event.
- The two great Soviet Union competitors, Igor Novikov and Pavel Lednev each won the World Championship four times but neither ever achieved an individual Olympic gold medal.
- The most iconic pentathlete ever András Balczó (HUN) who has five individual World Champion title and also won Olympic Gold in Münich.
- 1912 is the only occasion when competitors have been allowed to ride their own horses in the riding event.
Monday, 02 July 2012 14:12
20 Modern Pentathlon Olympic Facts
With the 2012 London Olympic just around the corner, impress your friends by knowing the below Modern Pentathlon Olympic facts: