The first ever one-day Modern Pentathlon was staged in London on Sunday (3 December). Twelve?
The first ever one-day Modern Pentathlon was staged in London on Sunday (3 December). Twelve athletes, all of Olympic standard, competed in five events. Shooting, fencing, showjumping, swimming and running events were held with only a 30 minute break between them. The one-day modern pentathlon may be considered for future Olympics.
SYNOPSIS: The commercially sponsored competition took place at The Crystal Palace in London. The concept of a one-day pentathlon had formerly been rejected on the grounds that it is more than can be expected of any man however superb an athlete he is.
Daniel Masala is a twenty-five year old policeman from Rome, who placed fourth in the 1976 Olympic Games Pentathlon event. Lennart Petterson is a twenty-seven year old pilot. He took the national Swedish pentathlon championship this year.
In the fencing event, here with Lennart Petterson meeting the Soviet Union's Pavel Lednev, each competitor meets every other in a sudden death bout decided by a single hit. The 1000 points score is achieved by winning 70 percent of all events.
Lednev went on to compete against the Polish Janusz Pyciak-Peciak, who placed first in the 1976 Olympic Games Pentathlon. The competitors fenced 22 bouts each.
Pyciak-Peciak started the show-jumping event with 1928 points. IN this event, the competitor draws by lot a horse unknown to him and rides an eight hundred metre course of 15 fences, for which a clear round in two minutes or better earns a maximum 1100 points. Pyciak-Peciak scored 1076 for his ride. The Soviet Union's Lednev strained his back and had to leave the competition.
The swimming event is a freestyle swim of 300 metres in which a time of three minutes 54 seconds gives the 1000 point maximum score.
The final test is a 4000 metre cross-country run. Ir is also run against the clock and the average time to earn 1000 points is 14 minutes and 15 seconds. Danny Nightingale of the U.K. was the eventual winner of the run.
The Polish Pyciak-Peciak finished second. He scored 1221 points, which was enough to give him first place overall.
Hungarian Laszlo Horvath did not win enough points in this event to bring him out ahead of Pyciak-Peciak in the Pentathlon. Here Nightingale finishes.
After seven and a half hours of almost non-stop competition and with a score of 5,321 points, Janusz Pyciak-Peciak emerged with the title "Champion of Champions". Hungarian Laszlo Horvath came second and Italy's Daniel Masala finished in third place.