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Winter Pentathlon, Men

Date31 January – 4 February 1948
StatusOlympic (non-medal)
LocationPalace-Hotel, St. Moritz / Skistadion, St. Moritz / Französische Kirche, St. Moritz / Salastrains, St. Moritz / Kurhaus, St. Moritz-Bad
Participants14 from 5 countries

In an effort to develop a multi-sport competition for the Winter Olympics, somewhat like the modern pentathlon, a winter pentathlon was contested at St. Moritz in 1948. But it barely merits the name “winter,” as only two of its events, a 10 km cross-country ski race and a downhill ski race, were typical winter sports. The other three events were fencing, shooting, and horse jumping, as in the modern pentathlon. The event was decided on a point-for-place format.

The event was dominated by the Swedish athletes, who also dominated modern pentathlon in this era. Swedish skiiers took the first four places in the cross-country run, led by Bertil Haase. The shooting was then won by Gustaf Lindh, who took the lead after two events. Lindh was somewhat unusual as he was the only member of the Swedish team that never competed in another Olympic sport. Haase returned to the lead after winning the downhill skiing, with Lindh in second, and Swedish athletes in the first four places. Vincenzo Somazzi and Hans Rumpf of Switzerland then tied for first in the fencing, with seven wins but it did little to break the Swedish monopoly on the lead. In fact, going into the horse jumping final event, Lindh, Haase, and Wille Grut were tied for first with 13 points. Grut and Lindh both had perfect marks in jumping, but Lindh’s time, which was 21 seconds faster than Grut, gave him the title.

Six of the 14 competitors in the winter pentathlon competed at some time in another Olympic sport. The runner-up, Wille Grut, came back later in 1948 to win the modern pentathlon at London, and Bertil Haase also competed in the 1948 modern pentathlon, as did the Finn, Viktor Platan. The fourth Swedish pentathlete, Claes Egnell, who withdrew after the downhill, competed at London in rapid-fire pistol shooting and came back in 1952 to help Sweden win a team silver medal in modern pentathlon. British competitor Percy Legard had already competed three times at the Olympics – in 1932 and 1936 in modern pentathlon, and at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936 in Nordic combined. His teammate, Derek Allhusen, who was already 34-years-old in 1948, would compete again at the Olympics in 1968 in equestrian, winning a silver medal in the individual three-day event, and leading Britain to a team gold medal.

Winter pentathlon has never again been contested at the Olympics, nor at any major international competition.

1Gustaf LindhSWE14
2Wille GrutSWE15
3Bertil HaaseSWE17
4Vincenzo SomazziSUI25
5Hans RumpfSUI26
6Derek AllhusenGBR44
7Peter GrießlerAUT45
8Hans SchriberSUI45
9John WalkerGBR47
10Percy LegardGBR48
11Maurice WilloughbyGBR54
DNFClaes EgnellSWE
DNFViktor PlatanFIN
DNFJosef VollmeierSUI

10 km Cross-Country (31 January 1948)

1Bertil HaaseSWE44:15
2Gustaf LindhSWE44:18
3Wille GrutSWE48:06
4Claes EgnellSWE49:37
5Peter GrießlerAUT50:38
6Viktor PlatanFIN53:34
7Josef VollmeierSUI55:38
8Vincenzo SomazziSUI55:58
9Hans RumpfSUI56:01
10Hans SchriberSUI57:14
11Derek AllhusenGBR1-11:33
12John WalkerGBR1-12:46
13Maurice WilloughbyGBR1-17:01
DNFPercy LegardGBR

Shooting (1 February 1948)

1Gustaf LindhSWE20194
2Claes EgnellSWE20193
3Wille GrutSWE20191
4Hans RumpfSUI20186
5Bertil HaaseSWE20186
6Josef VollmeierSUI20180
7Viktor PlatanFIN20179
8Derek AllhusenGBR20178
9Vincenzo SomazziSUI19181
10Hans SchriberSUI19180
11Percy LegardGBR18164
12Peter GrießlerAUT18163
13John WalkerGBR18161
14Maurice WilloughbyGBR16140

Downhill Skiing (2 February 1948)

1Bertil HaaseSWE2:37.4
2Vincenzo SomazziSUI2:39.4
3Hans RumpfSUI2:43.4
4Wille GrutSWE2:47.6
5Claes EgnellSWE2:50.6
6Gustaf LindhSWE2:52.2
7Peter GrießlerAUT2:54.0
8Percy LegardGBR3:01.0
9John WalkerGBR3:07.6
10Hans SchriberSUI3:13.0
11Derek AllhusenGBR3:43.4
12Viktor PlatanFIN4:13.4
13Maurice WilloughbyGBR5:15.8
DNFJosef VollmeierSUI

Fencing (3 February 1948)

=1Vincenzo SomazziSUI7
=1Hans RumpfSUI7
3Wille GrutSWE6
=4Hans SchriberSUI5
=4Gustaf LindhSWE5
=6Maurice WilloughbyGBR4
=6John WalkerGBR4
=6Bertil HaaseSWE4
9Percy LegardGBR2
10Peter GrießlerAUT1
11Derek AllhusenGBR0

Horse Jumping (4 February 1948)

1Gustaf LindhSWE100.008:30.80.0
2Wille GrutSWE100.008:51.80.0
3Derek AllhusenGBR98.509:03.01.5
4Bertil HaaseSWE92.088:45.00.0
5Vincenzo SomazziSUI90.509:18.89.5
6Percy LegardGBR85.509:28.614.5
7John WalkerGBR72.539:48.224.5
8Maurice WilloughbyGBR66.589:50.625.5
9Hans RumpfSUI43.01110:31.446.0
DNFHans SchriberSUI
DNFPeter GrießlerAUT