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(LEAD) (Olympics) Jun Woong-tae wins bronze in men's modern pentathlon

All News 20:10 August 07, 2021

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TOKYO, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- Jun Woong-tae captured bronze in the men's modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, becoming the first South Korean to win a medal in the five-sport event.

After fencing, swimming, show jumping, running and shooting, Jun finished third overall for the historic medal.

This was South Korea's first medal at the Tokyo Olympics since Monday.

Jun Woong-tae of South Korea celebrates after clinching the bronze medal in the men's modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 7, 2021. (Yonhap)

Jun earned 1,470 points in total, finishing behind Joseph Choong of Britain (1,482 points) and Ahmed Elgendy of Egypt (1,477 points).

The other South Korean in action, Jung Jin-hwa, finished in fourth with 1,466 points.

Jung had previously shared the record for the best Olympic performance by a South Korean pentathlete, with an 11th-place finish at London 2012. On Friday, Kim Se-hee also finished in 11th in the women's competition.

Jun Woong-tae of South Korea competes in the show jumping portion of the men's modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 7, 2021. (Yonhap)

Jun was in fourth place ahead of the final portion of the event, laser run, which combines running and shooting. Jung was in second place after fencing, swimming and show jumping.

Choong only ranked 15th in laser run but had enough of a cushion to stay at the top. Elgendy ranked second in laser run to leapfrog the two South Koreans to take silver.

Jun was seventh in laser run to take the bronze. Jung was well back in 17th out of 36 athletes in laser run and slipped to fourth overall.

Jun Woong-tae of South Korea smiles after a match during the fencing bonus round of the men's modern pentathlon at the Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on Aug. 7, 2021. (Yonhap)

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