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The Greatest Modern Pentathlete at the Olympic Games

Who is the greatest modern pentathlete of all time based on Olympic Games performances? We have used a weighted total medal count of each polo player from all modern Olympic Games to rank their overall performance, using data from all Olympics including the Tokyo 2020 Games.olympic poster

The best all-time performing modern pentathlete at the Olympic Games is Hungarian András Balczó who won 3 gold and 2 silver medals between 1960–1972. No other athlete has won three gold medals.

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Top Olympic Athletes From Modern Pentatlon

Here are the top ranked athletes from the sport of modern pentathlon for performances at all Olympiads, using the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System to order the athletes, awarding points for both gold (6 points) and other medals (silver 2 pts, bronze 1 pt).

Table: The Top Ranked Athletes from Modern Pentathlon at the Olympic Games (including 2021)

rank name country gender Gold Silver Bronze total
1 András Balczó Hungary M 3 2 0 5 22
2 Pavel Lednyov Russia M 2 2 3 7 19
3 Igor Novikov ARM M 2 2 0 4 16
=4 Daniele Masala Italy M 2 1 0 3 14
=4 Lars Hall Sweden M 2 1 0 3 14
=4 Anatoly Starostin Russia M 2 1 0 3 14
=7 János Martinek Hungary M 2 0 1 3 13
=7 Ferenc Török Hungary M 2 0 1 3 13

notes: initial data from wikipedia of multiple Olympic gold medalists (with at least 3 medals, including results from 2021). For the ranking order, we have used the Topend Sports Weighted Ranking System.

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