| Event type

Team, Men

Date18 – 22 July 1976
LocationCentre équestre olympique, Bromont, Québec / Stade d'Hiver de l'Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec / Stand de tir olympique, L'Acadie, Québec, CAN / Piscine olympique, Montréal, Québec / Stade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants42 from 14 countries
FormatScoring by point tables. Team scores totalled from adjusted individual scores. Scores adjusted in the fencing competition. Three-man scores with all scores counting.

Hungary and the Soviet Union had split the six Olympic gold medals in the team event, and they had won every World Championships going back to 1954. Hungary was World Champion in 1975, while the Soviets had won in 1973 and 1974. But Hungary was not considered to be as strong as in recent years. In the fencing segment, the Soviets were competing against Great Britain when something odd was noticed. Boris Onishchenko fought Adrian Parker and his sword registered a hit although he did not appear to have come close to one. In the next match against Jim Fox, the same thing occurred. The British requested that Onishchenko’s sword be inspected and it was found to be rigged so that it could register a hit even when one had not been made. Onishchenko was disqualified which resulted in the elimination of the Soviet team. Onishchenko was taken away from the Olympic Village and was never seen again internationally. The world media gave him one of the most apt nicknames ever – Boris Dis-onishchenko.

With the Soviets eliminated, Czechoslovakia took the lead after the second phase and led thru the swimming. But Great Britain was very strong in the run and they won that phase by a large margin, enough to pull them ahead of the Czechs and into the gold medal. Czechoslovakia won the silver, while Hungary edged out Poland for the bronze. Hungary would been relative easy winners but for a disastrous show jumping section. One of the Hungarians had his round ruined when he failed to tighten the chin strap on his riding hat and it slipped over his eyes. Great Britain and Czechoslovakia had never before won a medal in modern pentathlon either at the Olympics or the World Championships, although Britain had been fourth at the 1975 World Championships, with Fox winning an individual bronze.

1Great BritainGBR15,559Gold
Adrian Parker15,5595,2985,338
Danny Nightingale15,5595,1875,241
Jim Fox15,5595,0744,980
Jan Bártů15,4515,4665,459
Bohumil Starnovský15,4515,0565,100
Jiří Adam15,4514,8584,892
Tamás Kancsal15,3955,1955,195
Tibor Maracskó15,3955,1265,232
Szvetiszláv Sasics15,3955,0514,968
Janusz Pyciak-Peciak15,3435,5205,561
Zbigniew Pacelt15,3435,0284,971
Krzysztof Trybusiewicz15,3434,8234,811
5United StatesUSA15,285
John Fitzgerald15,2855,2865,303
Mike Burley15,2855,0595,051
Bob Nieman15,2854,9014,931
Daniele Masala15,0315,4335,508
Pierpaolo Cristofori15,0314,9274,936
Mario Medda15,0314,6474,587
Risto Hurme15,0005,1585,209
Jussi Pelli15,0004,9324,924
Heikki Hulkkonen15,0004,8094,867
Hans Lager14,9465,0155,048
Bengt Lager14,9464,9304,963
Gunnar Jacobson14,9464,8434,935
Alain Cortes14,8345,1335,163
Claude Guiguet14,8344,8594,868
Michel Gueguen14,8344,8254,803
Stoyan Zlatev14,8245,0085,038
Velko Bratanov14,8244,9995,067
Nikolay Nikolov14,8244,7244,719
11West GermanyFRG14,429
Walter Esser14,4295,0945,093
Gerhard Werner14,4294,8574,811
Wolfgang Köpcke14,4294,5514,525
Shoji Uchida14,2344,8504,928
Akira Kubo14,2344,7004,682
Hiroyuki Kawazoe14,2344,5914,624
John Hawes12,7724,5344,523
George Skene12,7724,1724,156
Jack Alexander12,7724,1234,093
DQSoviet UnionURS
Pavel Lednyov5,485
Boris Mosolov5,200
Boris Onishchenko[DQ]