Olympics: Modern Pentathlon

Lithuanian wins final gold of Games in pentathlon

Laura Asadauskaite enjoys winning gold. (Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania took the final gold medal of the London Games, in the women’s modern pentathlon, setting an Olympic record with 5,408 points.

Asadauskaite, who was third at the world championships a year ago, moved atop the standings by earning 1,180 of a possible 1,200 points in the riding competition, then held off Britain’s Samantha Murray, who won silver with 5,356 points.

Yane Marques of Brazil (5,340) took the bronze.

American Margaux Isaksen was fourth, just eight points behind Marques.

Suzanne Stettinus of Parkton, Md., finished 28th.

The modern pentathlon includes a fencing, swimming and riding competition. The athletes then start the final stage in order of their performance in the first three disciplines, with the leader going first. In the final stage, the athletes run to the shooting range, shoot at five targets, run 1,000 meters, then repeat that twice more. The first to cross the finish line in the final stage wins the gold medal.

Although the format has changed, the modern pentathlon is an original Olympic event, meant to recreate the rigors a soldier would have faced several centuries ago – running, fencing, swimming, riding and shooting.

Lithuanian grabs pentathlon lead

Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania moved into a tie for the lead after the riding portion of the modern pentathlon.

Asadauskaite, who was third at the world championships a year ago, earned 1,180 of a possible 1,200 points in the riding competition, vaulting her to the top of the standings with 3,268 points, matching the total of Yane Marques of Brazil.

Adrienn Toth of Hungary, who had led after two stages, fell to fifth.

In the riding stage, athletes draw a horse at random and are given 1,200 points. They ride a course and points are deducted at various levels for mistakes.

The final stage, the combined event, begins at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

American Margaux Isaksen dropped from sixth to seventh with 3,188 points.

Suzanne Stettinius of Parkton, Md., moved up to 29th in the field of 36.

The modern pentathlon includes a fencing, swimming and riding competition. The athletes then start the final stage in order of their performance in the first three disciplines, with the leader going first. In the final stage, the athletes run to the shooting range, shoot at five targets, run 1,000 meters, then repeat that twice more. The first to cross the finish line in the final stage wins the gold medal.

Although the format has changed, the modern pentathlon is an original Olympic event, meant to re-create the rigors a soldier would have faced several centuries ago – running, fencing, swimming, riding and shooting.

Hungary’s Toth swims into pentathlon lead

Hungary’s Adrienn Toth competes in the swim of the modern pentathlon. (Toby Melville/Reuters)

Adrienn Toth of Hungary moved up one spot and into the lead after the second stage – swimming – of the modern pentathlon.

Yane Marques of Brazil moved into second place, 16 points behind Toth’s pace of 2,132.

Britain’s Samantha Murray is in third (2,096).

American Margaux Isaksen dropped from fourth to sixth after earning 1,140 points in the swimming.

Another Hungary, Sarolta Kovacs, set an Olympic record in the swimming stage, earning 1,264. That left her in 22nd place.

Suzanne Stettinius of Parkton, Md., is 33rd in the field of 36.

The third stage is riding at Greenwich Park. The athletes draw a horse at random and are given 1,200 points. They ride a course and points are deducted at various levels for mistakes.

The modern pentathlon includes a fencing, swimming and riding competition. The athletes then start the final stage in order of their performance in the first three disciplines, with the leader going first. In the final stage, the athletes run to the shooting range, shoot at five targets, run 1000 meters, then repeat that twice more. The first to cross the finish line in the final stage wins the gold medal.

Although the format has changed, the modern pentathlon is an original Olympic event, meant to re-create the rigors a soldier would have faced several centuries ago – running, fencing, swimming, riding and shooting.

U.S. pentathlete Isaksen tied for fourth after fencing

American Margaux Isaksen is tied for fourth after the first stage of the modern pentathlon, the fencing competition.

Isaksen, 20, has 928 points, well behind leader Elena Rublevska of Latvia (1,000).

Adrienn Toth of Hungary is second (976) and Laura Asadauskaite of Lithuania third (952).

Suzanne Stettinius of Parkton, Md. is tied for 32nd in the field of 36.

After the fencing, the competitors headed to the Aquatics Centre to swim heats of a 200-meter race (7:35 a.m. ET). They are awarded points based on their times.

The modern pentathlon includes a fencing, swimming and riding competition. The athletes then start the final stage in order of their performance in the first three disciplines, with the leader going first. In the final stage, the athletes run to the shooting range, shoot at five targets, run 1000 meters, then repeat that twice more. The first to cross the finish line in the final stage wins the gold medal.

Although the format has changed, the modern pentathlon is an original Olympic event, meant to re-create the rigors a soldier would have faced several centuries ago – running, fencing, swimming, riding and shooting.

Svoboda hangs on for modern pentathlon gold

David Svoboda of the Czech Republic celebrates winning the modern pentathlon. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

David Svoboda of the Czech Republic won the gold medal in the men’s modern pentathlon in the final combined event at Greenwich Park.

Svoboda had 5,928 points, 24 ahead of Zhongrong Cao of China, who won the silver, his country’s first Olympic medal in the sport. Adam Morosi of Hungary (5,836) took the bronze.

World champion Aleksander Lesun of Russia was fourth (5,764).

American Dennis Bowsher finished 32nd.

The modern pentathlon includes a fencing, swimming and riding competition. The athletes then start the final stage, the combined event, in order of their performance in the first three disciplines, with the leader going first. In the combined event, the athletes run to the shooting range, shoot at five targets, run 1000 meters, then repeat that twice more. The first to cross the finish line in the final stage wins the gold medal.

Although the format has changed, the modern pentathlon was created by Olympic founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin and was meant to re-create the rigors a soldier would have faced several centuries ago – running, fencing, swimming, riding and shooting.

Svoboda reclaims modern pentathlon lead

David Svoboda of the Czech Republic retook the lead by a slim margin in the modern pentathlon after the riding portion of the competition, knocking Zhongrong Cao of China back to second place.

Svoboda finished 16th, earning 1,132 points, to take a four-point lead over Cao, who had just 1,080 points. That gave Svoboda a 3,460-3,456 lead going into the final portion of the competition.

World champion Aleksander Lesun of Russia is in a tie for third (3,424).

In the riding competition, athletes begin with 1,200 points and then differing points are deducted for mistakes.

Robert Kasza (3,424) and Adam Morosi (3,416) of Hungary both scored perfect 1,200s to move up the standings. Kasza is tied with Lesun; Morosi is in fifth.

American Dennis Bowsher is 31st out of 36 competitors.

The modern pentathlon includes a fencing, swimming and riding competition. The athletes then start the final stage in order of their performance in the first three disciplines, with the leader going first. In the final stage, the athletes run to the shooting range, shoot at five targets, run 1000 meters, then repeat that twice more. The first to cross the finish line in the final stage wins the gold medal.

Although the format has changed, the modern pentathlon is an original Olympic event, meant to re-create the rigors a soldier would have faced several centuries ago – running, fencing, swimming, riding and shooting.

Cao moves into modern pentathlon lead

Cao Zhongrong of China finished third in the swimming portion of the modern pentathlon and took the overall lead after two events.

David Svoboda of the Czech Republic, who had led after the first round, was 17th in the swimming and fell to second overall.

Amro el Geziry of Egypt won the event, a 200-meter swim at the Aquatics Centre, and set an Olympic record by earning 1,412 points.

World champion Aleksander Lesun of Russia is third overall and countryman Andrei Moiseev is fourth.

El Geziry’s performance bumped him up to fifth overall.

American Dennis Bowsher moved up to 30th out of 36 competitors.

In the first round, epee fencing, Svoboda equaled an Olympic record with 1,024 points.

The athletes head next to Greenwich Park for the riding portion of the competition (10:20 a.m. ET), in which they draw horses at random and take them over a jumping course. They start with 1,200 points and lose differing amounts for each mistake.

Czech leads after one round of pentathlon

China’s Cao Zhongrong, left, battles David Svoboda of the Czech Republic in the fencing portion of the modern pentathlon. (Adek Berry — AFP/Getty Images)

David Svoboda of the Czech Republic equaled an Olympic record by scoring 1,024 in the first round of the modern pentathlon Saturday at the Copper Box.

World champion Aleksander Lesun of Russia and Zhongrong Cao of China were tied for second with 1,000 points.

The first round of the pentathlon is epee fencing.

American Dennis Bowsher was last among 36 competitors.

The athletes head next to the Aquatics Centre, where they will be awarded points based on their times in the 200-meter freestyle. They’ll swim between the semifinals and finals of the men’s platform diving.

The modern pentathlon includes a fencing, swimming and riding competition. The athletes then start the final stage in order of their performance in the first three disciplines, with the leader going first. In the final stage, the athletes run to the shooting range, shoot at five targets, run 1000 meters, then repeat that twice more. The first to cross the finish line in the final stage wins the gold medal.

Although the format has changed, the modern pentathlon is an original Olympic event, meant to re-create the rigors a soldier would have faced several centuries ago – running, fencing, swimming, riding and shooting.