Modern Pentathlon Preview
Team USA will compete in five medal events in modern pentathlon at the 2019 Pan American Games: men’s and women’s individual, men’s and women’s relay and mixed relay.

Modern pentathlon was conceived by Baron de Coubertin from the pentathlon of the ancient Olympic Games, which was modeled on the skills needed by a solider. The sport debuted on the Olympic program at the Olympic Games Stockholm 1912. 

Through the decades, the modern pentathlon has been dominated by military personnel, and the U.S. Army boasts three members of its World Class Athlete Program competing for Team USA at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

The team is led by two WCAP members, three-time Olympian Sgt. Amro Elgeziry, and six-time national champion Pfc. Samantha Achterberg. Spc. Isabella Isaksen, a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team and wife of teammate Elgeziry, is also competing in Lima.

Youth Olympic Games Nanjing 2014 athlete Brendan Anderson has moved up to the senior level of modern pentathlon competition and will be competing in his first Pan American Games. Jessica Davis will also be making her Pan American Games debut in Lima.

At stake during the Pan American Games are qualification spots for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The top individual men’s and women’s competitors in Lima will receive individual quota spots for the Tokyo 2020 Games, as well as the top-two competitors from the North, Central America and Caribbean Volleyball Confederation (NORCECA) and the top-two competitors from South America.

Only one male and one female athlete per nation can qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Games through the Pan American Games.

Team USA will be competing in modern pentathlon events from July 27-30 at the Lima Convention Center and the Escuela Militar de Chorrillos.