| Event type

Individual, Men

Date21 August 2008
LocationGuojia Huiyi Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing / Yingdong Youyongguan, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing / Ao Ti Zhongxin Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants36 from 22 countries
FormatScoring by point tables.

After winning the 2004 gold medal, Andrey Moiseyev (RUS) had been steady leading up to the Beijing Olympics. He was third at the 2005 World Championships, second at the 2006 European Championships, and earlier in 2008, won the European Championships. His best event was fencing and he tied for first, helping him to move into the lead after three phases. He continued to lead thru the riding and took a 52-point lead into the cross-country run, followed by China’s Qian Zhenhua, the 2005 World Champion and first Asian to win a medal at the World Championships, who had been the leader after two phases. Moiseyev placed only 27th in the run, but none of the top runners were anywhere near him and he held on to defend his gold medal. This made him only the second modern pentathlete to win two individual gold medals, after Lars Hall (SWE) in 1952-56. Qian could not maintain his medal position and placed fourth.

The 1996 Champion, Alex Parygin, attempted to represent Australia at these Olympics, as he had in 2004. His participation was prevented by the British pentathlon federation, which appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), stating he had never met the required number of points to compete in Beijing.

1Andrey MoiseyevRUS5.632Gold
2Edvinas KrungolcasLTU5.548Silver
3Andrejus ZadneprovskisLTU5.524Bronze
4Qian ZhenhuaCHN5.516
5Steffen GebhardtGER5.480
6Michal MichalíkCZE5.460
7Pavlo TymoshchenkoUKR5.436
8Óscar SotoMEX5.420
9Dmytro KirpulianskyiUKR5.416
10Sam WealeGBR5.412
11Deniss ČerkovskisLAT5.352
12Dzmitry MieliakhBLR5.348
13Marcin HorbaczPOL5.344
14Nicola BenedettiITA5.344
15Yaniel VelázquezCUB5.320
16Eric WaltherGER5.292
17Andrea ValentiniITA5.288
18Sam SacksenUSA5.280
19Viktor HorváthHUN5.272
20Ilya FrolovRUS5.268
21Bartosz MajewskiPOL5.212
22Eli BremerUSA5.204
23Jean BerrouFRA5.172
24Joshua Riker-FoxCAN5.172
25Nick WoodbridgeGBR5.168
26Gábor BaloghHUN5.064
27Cristián BustosCHI5.008
28Nam Dong-HunKOR4.968
29David SvobodaCZE4.828
30Cao ZhongrongCHN4.828
31Yoshihiro MurakamiJPN4.784
32Amro El-GeziryEGY4.688
33Lee Chun-HeonKOR4.316
34John ZakrzewskiFRA4.264
35Yahor LapoBLR4.252
36Jaime LópezESP4.196