Modern Pentathlon: Fernandez Wins Pan American Games Gold in Tight Race

Guatemala’s Charles Fernandez won gold in the men’s modern pentathlon individual event at the 2019 Pan American Games. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked nations from NORCECA, the two highest ranked nations from South America and the next highest ranked nation overall will qualify their top athlete. Modern pentathlon at the Pan American Games was held in Lima, Peru from July 26th to July 28th 2019.

The fencing portion, including the bonus round which was held after the swimming portion was won by Chile’s Esteban Bustos whom had a 22-9 record, earning him 250 points. In swimming, it was Amro Elgeziry of the United States whom had the fastest time, completing the 200m freestyle in 1:58.02. However, it was Fernandez whom took the overall lead. The riding portion was won by Bustos whom had a perfect ride, allowing him to take a narrow two point lead over Fernandez and a five point lead over Elgeziry.

The combined shooting and running race was won by Fernandez, allowing him to take the gold medal with a total of 1492 points. The silver medal was won by Bustos (1482 points) while Argentina’s Sergio Villamayor had the second fastest race, allowing him to win the bronze medal with 1459 points. The other two quotas were won by fourth place Lester Ders of Cuba and fifth place Elgeziry.

The next opportunity for Pan American athletes to qualify in this event will be at the 2019 World Championships to be held in September. The next continent qualifier will be Europe to be held in August.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Individual
* Argentina
* Chile
* Cuba
* Guatemala
* United States

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