NBC Recap of Pentathlon Men's Individual Final

Aug. 21, 2016, 12 a.m. (ET)
Great Britain's Cooke sets swimming record

Great Britain's James Cooke broke the Olympic record in the 200m freestyle swim with a time of 1:55.60, narrowly edging out Amro El-Geziry who held the title since London when he swam in 1:55.70.

Cooke's performance will be helpful in his quest for a medal after only netting 184 points in the fencing ranking round. The top three, for comparison, scored over 230 points.

El-Geziry had a strong performance in Brazil finishing with a time of 1:55.80 while his brother Omar netted 330 points to build on his second place finish in the fencing ranking round.

The lone American representative, U.S. Army Sergeant Nathan Schrimsher, was in the fifth heat and led for the majority. In the end, it was a close finish where he was just nudged out to third place by London silver medalist Cao Zhongrong of China and Jinhwa Jung of South Korea.


U.S. Army Sergeant Nathan Schrimsher

Modern pentathlon has become a family affair for the Espositos. Max Esposito, the brother of Chloe who won gold in the women's pentathlon, finished fourth in the swim event with a time of 1:59.71. His father competed for Australia at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

Esposito, much like Cooke, hopes his performance will help propel him towards medal contention after struggling in the fencing ranking round.

Gold favorite Aleksandr Lesun and defending gold medalist Dave Svoboda finished 22nd and 23rd.

Lesun leads after fencing bonus round

The fencing bonus round was nondescript with Justinas Kinderis and Bence Demeter earning the most points with 3 apiece.

Nathan Schrimscher, Dave Svoboda and Aleksandr Lesun failed to record any additional points.

Lesun leads the pentathletes with 592 points while Omar El-Geziry comes in second with 569.

Great Britain's Joseph Choong takes third place with 569 points. U.S. Army Sergeant Nathan Schrimsher is in 6th with 558 points.

Dave Svoboda rounds out the top 10 with 550 points while number one world ranked pentathlete James Cooke is 18th.

Lesun maintains lead after horse jumping

Several riders maintained a perfect score of 300 points in the horse jumping event but the top three spots still belonged to Aleksandr Lesun, Joseph Choong and Amro El-Geziry at the end.

Choong and El-Geziry traded spots with Choong taking a ten point advantage over Amro into the final combined run and shoot event.

American Nathan Schrimsher dropped one spot to seventh overall and will have to have an excellent run in the combined event to have a shot at the podium.

London silver medalist Cao Zhongrong found his way to fifth place to put himself in contention for another chance at the podium.

Defending gold medalist Dave Svoboda goes into the last event in 13th.