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Individual, Men

Date29 July – 1 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationCoto de Caza Equestrian Center, Coto de Caza, California / Pistol Range, Coto de Caza, California / William Woolett, Jr. Aquatics Center, Heritage Park, Irvine, California, USA
Participants53 from 18 countries
FormatScoring by point tables.

With the Soviets leading a boycott, many of the top modern pentathletes were absent from Los Angeles. The favorite was 1982 World Champion Daniele Masala, followed by France’s Joël Bouzou, who was third that year behind Masala and 1980 gold medalist Anatoly Starostin. Sweden’s Svante Rasmuson took the lead after the fencing, followed by Masala. They maintained that position after the 300 freestyle swim, a specialty for Ramuson, who had competed as a swimmer (100 freestyle) at the 1976 Olympics. On the morning of the final day, Masala moved ahead of Ramuson after the shooting, taking a 26-point lead into the run. But Rasmuson was a better runner and with the new format, featuring a staggered start, it was thought Rasmuson might be able to catch the Italian. He did that, but only about 100 metres from the finish. However, the effort had exhausted him and he staggered on some soft dirt on the final straight and Masala was able to pass him to regain the lead and win the gold medal. This was Italy’s first Olympic medal in modern pentathlon.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCPoints
1Daniele MasalaITA5,469Gold
2Svante RasmusonSWE5,456Silver
3Carlo MassulloITA5,406Bronze
4Richard PhelpsGBR5,391
5Mike StormUSA5,325
6Paul FourFRA5,287
7Ivar SisniegaMEX5,282
8Jorge QuesadaESP5,281
9Pasi HulkkonenFIN5,193
10Didier BoubéFRA5,186
11Pierpaolo CristoforiITA5,185
12Andy JungSUI5,163
13Greg LoseyUSA5,158
14Achim BellmannFRG5,114
15Alex WatsonAUS5,108
16Peter SteinmannSUI5,104
17Joël BouzouFRA5,092
18Dean GleneskUSA5,085
19Peter MinderSUI5,076
20Alejandro YrizarMEX5,049
21Michael RehbeinFRG5,021
22Jorma KorpelaFIN4,968
23Marcelo HoyoMEX4,952
24Michael MumfordGBR4,940
25Saleh Sultan Farhan FarajBRN4,912
26Eduardo BurgueteESP4,895
27Christian SandowFRG4,893
28Shoji UchidaJPN4,829
29Hiroyuki KawazoeJPN4,809
30Martin LamprechtSWE4,803
31Matthew SpiesAUS4,778
32Michael BillweinAUT4,760
33Ihab El-LebedyEGY4,745
34Federico GaleraESP4,715
35Jussi PelliFIN4,666
36Samy AwadEGY4,634
37Stephen SowerbyGBR4,563
38Jeong Gyeong-HunKOR4,547
39Ahmed NasserEGY4,529
40Abdul Rahman JassimBRN4,490
41Nabeel Saleh MubarakBRN4,464
42Kim IlKOR4,387
43Luís MonteiroPOR4,332
44Roberto DurãoPOR4,321
45Gang Gyeong-HyoKOR4,312
46Daizou ArakiJPN4,282
47Roderick MartinSWE4,205
48Chen Kung-LiangTPE4,187
49Manuel BarrosoPOR4,085
50Daniel EspositoAUS3,953
51Ingo PeiritsAUT3,682
52Horst StockerAUT3,432
ACAnton LiedererAUTDNF1