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Individual, Men

Date30 July 1996
LocationGeorgia International Horse Park, Conyers, Georgia / Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, Atlanta, Georgia / Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants32 from 22 countries
FormatScoring by point tables.

With no team competition and all events held in one day, this was a completely new format for modern pentathlon at the Olympics. The 1994-95 World Champion was Russian Dmitry Svatkovsky, a 24-year-old with a law degree who was a part-time performer in a Russian circus, and who was the favorite in Atlanta. But the leader after the third and fourth phases was a surprise, Italian Cesare Toraldo. He led Kazakh Alex Parygin by 46 points going into the cross-country run, with Svatkovsky struggling back in ninth place. In third place was the 1988 gold medalist, János Martinek, who had been a big surprise back in 1988 and had done little internationally since then. Eduard Zenovka, who had lost the 1992 gold medal with a disastrous ride in the last phase, was in sixth place but was known to be a very strong runner. In fact, he pulled ahead and took the lead with several hundred metres remaining. He would win the run, but the effort of pulling ahead had drained him and he stumbled in the stretch and fell, allowing Parygin, who was virtually unknown in the sport, to pass him for the gold medal. Zenovka recovered to get the silver, with Martinek winning bronze. In 1993, Zenovka had had much worse luck. Driving a truck with his fiancé, he crashed the truck while under the influence. She was killed and he spent a short time in a coma.

1Aleksandr ParyginKAZ5,551Gold
2Eduard ZenovkaRUS5,530Silver
3János MartinekHUN5,501Bronze
4Dmitry SvatkovskyRUS5,489
5Igor WarabidaPOL5,452
6Ákos HanzélyHUN5,435
7Imre TiidemannEST5,414
8Cesare ToraldoITA5,402
9Sergio SalazarMEX5,387
10Per-Olov DanielssonSWE5,375
11Kim Mi-SeopKOR5,367
12Christophe RuerFRA5,363
13Andrejus ZadneprovskisLTU5,363
14Adrian ToaderROU5,335
15Claud CloeteRSA5,308
16Michael GostigianUSA5,305
17Fabio NebuloniITA5,285
18Richard PhelpsGBR5,254
19Manuel BarrosoPOR5,246
20Vakho IagorashviliGEO5,226
21Péter SárfalviHUN5,196
22Vjačeslavs DuhanovsLAT5,186
23Horacio de la VegaMEX5,182
24Heorhiy ChymerysUKR5,154
25Alessandro ConfortoITA5,128
26Sébastien DeleigneFRA5,071
27Maciej CzyżowiczPOL5,021
28Grigory BremelRUS4,808
29Philipp WaefflerSUI4,774
30Igor FeldmanKGZ4,547
31Dmitry TyurinKAZ3,878
DNFAlexander JohnsonAUS