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BALCZO Andras (1938) Hungary / Modern Pentathlon
Already twice a team gold medallist in Rome in 1960 and in Mexico in 1968, this Hungarian pentathlete only just missed out on an individual gold medal in the Mexico games. He was beaten by the Swede Ferm in the very last of the cross-country events. He finally got his revenge in devastating fashion ate the games in Munich at the age of 34 having already added five world championship successes to his roll of honour. With this title under his belt he became the greatest pentathlete of all time.It should be noted that during these events in Munich, 14 competitors used tranquillisers banned by the international federation to help them win the shooting event. None of them were disqualified since IOC rules do not prohibit this product.
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