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Moiseev successfully defends gold in pentathlon

Beijing, China (Sports Network) - Russian Andrey Moiseev became just the second athlete to win back-to-back modern pentathlons at the Olympics, edging a pair of Lithuanians on Thursday.

Moiseev compiled 5,632 points for the five events - the 10m air pistol shooting event, a one-touch epee fencing competition, a 200m freestyle swim, a horse ride show jump, and a 3000m run.

He became the first repeat Olympic champion in the pentathlon since Lars Hall of Sweden won it in 1952 and 1956.

"It was difficult for me in terms of physical effort and also in mental effort," said Moiseev. "This is a pentathlon, there is a lot of difficulty in every event. I had to use all my effort. It wasn't easy."

Finishing in second place was Edvinas Krungolcas with 5,548 points, while Andrejus Zadneprovskis earned the bronze medal with 5,524 points.

"I continued to train in the four-year Olympic circle, my ambition was to go higher and stronger," he said. "Every discipline was very difficult, but much easier than Athens because I was the Olympic champion."

Moiseev was 13 seconds ahead of the field going into the 3000m run, and even though he finished 27th in the final stage of the pentathlon, he had plenty of points to win. His best discipline was fencing, a first-place finish.

The top American in the field was Sam Sacksen, who was 18th. Eli Bremer came in 23rd.

08/21 11:04:01 ET

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