Army's Senior Finishes 13th in Olympic Modern Pentathlon
By Tim Hipps
Special to American Forces Press Service
ATHENS, Greece, Aug. 26, 2004 Army 1st Lt. Chad Senior saved his best for last, but it wasn't enough as he finished 13th in men's modern pentathlon today in the 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Goudi Olympic Complex here.
Senior, 29, finished second in the 3,000-meter cross-country run with a time of 9 minutes, 35.76 seconds. It was the last of five events that included pistol shooting, fencing, swimming and equestrian riding.
Russia's Andrey Moiseev won the gold medal. Lithuania's Andrejus Zadneprovskis took the silver medal. Czech Republic's Libor Capalini claimed the bronze.
Team USA's Vakhtang "Vaho" Iagorashvili finished ninth.
Senior, who stumbled out of the blocks by finishing 18th in 10-meter air pistol, finished the grueling day in 13th place with 5,192 points. He buried himself deeper with a 26th-place finish in epee one-touch fencing.
Senior came splashing back with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.39. But on the equestrian ride, his horse, Guelfo Del Balagio, kicked at least five rails to the ground, leaving Senior in 22nd place in the event and 20th overall entering the run.
He passed seven runners to finish 13th. A Fort Myers, Fla., native, Senior is a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.
Capt. Anita Allen, another member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program, will compete in the Olympic women's modern pentathlon Aug. 27.
(Tim Hipps is assigned to the Army Community and Family Support Center Public Affairs Office.)