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Schedule & Results: Catch Up

(Local) / 06:00 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Combined Running/Shooting

636 (4th)


Alexander Lesun (RUS)
Pavlo Tymoshchenko (UKR)
Ismael Marcelo Hernandez Uscanga (MEX)

(Local) / 03:30 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Riding Show Jumping

300 (3rd)


(Local) / 02:00 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Fencing Bonus Round

(Local) / 12:25 PM 20 Aug (Rio)
Men's Swimming Heat 6

1:59.71 (4th)


(Local) / 06:00 PM 19 Aug (Rio)
Women's Combined Running/Shooting

Chloe Esposito (AUS)
Elodie Clouvel (FRA)
Oktawia Nowacka (POL)

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Aussie Siblings in search of modern pentathlon history

Brother and sister duo Chloe and Max Esposito will be looking to win Australia’s first ever Olympic medals in modern pentathlon when they take on the action-packed event at the Rio 2016 Games. The pair were the first to qualify for the Australian Olympic Team midway through 2015 and will have plenty of time to build towards Olympic glory.

Consistency will be crucial across the five-event sport for the up-and-coming stars. The pair will need to be at the top of the rankings in the swimming, fencing and horse-riding components if they are to be in with a chance of breaking Australia’s century-long medal drought come the combined run/shoot event.

Athletes to watch: With one Games already under her belt, Chloe Esposito will be heading to the Rio confident of making her way onto the podium. Having finished seventh in London, Esposito qualified for the 2016 Games after finishing fourth at the AsiaOlympic qualifier. She then put in her best effort of the season to finish third at the World Cup Final before an eighth place finish at the 2015 World Championships.

Chloe will be joined by her brother Max Esposito in Rio who got the better of his more credentialed rivals to win the Asia/Oceania qualifier and book his spot at his first Games. The 18-year-old only began regularly competing in senior events in early 2015 and has improved rapidly since. He finished 14th in the World Cup Final against the world’s elite and will be pushing for consistent top ten results in the 2016 season. 

Qualification, Nomination & Selection

Australia’s two representatives, Chloe and Max Esposito, qualified for the Rio Games after being the highest placed Oceania finisher at the Asia/Oceania Olympic qualifier in June, 2015.

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Nomination to the AOC

Australia’s two representatives, Chloe and Max Esposito were allocated quota places by the UIPM, and nominated to the AOC for selection.

Chloe and Max Esposito have now been selected by the AOC, subject to completing administrative requirements and confirmation of quota places in writing by the UIPM.

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Selection by the AOC

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Competition Format & Events

The modern pentathlon competition (men and then women) is conducted over a single day and for the first time in Olympic history will be staged in the same arena in Rio. The five sports contested are fencing, swimming, riding and a combined run/shoot event.

The first event is a 200m freestyle pool swim where the fastest time scores the most points. The next event is fencing and each athlete must fence against every other athlete. The third event is riding with athletes contesting a 12-jump course. At the end of the jumping, the athletes' scores and times are converted into a time handicap. This handicap determines the starting times for the combined 3.2km run/shoot element – the final event. Athletes are required to shoot at sets of five targets after running three stretches of 1,000m. The first athlete to cross the finish line wins gold.

Australia and Olympic Modern Pentathlon

Australia has never won a medal in modern pentathlon, although it came close in Tokyo in 1964 when Peter Macken finished fourth in the individual event and the team of Macken, Don McMiken and Duncan Page placed fifth. In Athens, Australia had an Olympic gold medallist by the name of Alexander Parygin in its modern pentathlon squad. Parygin had won the event in Atlanta in 1996 whilst representing Kazakhstan. In 2004, Parygin competed for Australia, making a comeback to the sport, but finished 27th.

Chloe Esposito’s seventh place finish at the 2012 London Games was the best ever result by an Australian women, leapfrogging Kitty Chiller who finished 14th at the Sydney 2000 Games.

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Did you know

  • The founder of the modern Olympic Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, created modern pentathlon. The sport comprised of five separate events – shooting, fencing, swimming, riding and running – up until the London 2012 Games when the shooting and running events were combined.
  • Modern Pentathlon used to be run across four or five days until it was shortened to a one day event at the 1996 Atlanta Games. Women first competed in the sport at the Sydney 2000 Games. 

Pre-Rio AUS Tally

1 Gold
0 Silver
0 Bronze

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