Soldiers finish out of the medals to wrap up Army athletes' London action

Bowsher swimming

Spc. Dennis Bowsher, the final soldier to compete in the London Olympics, swims the 200-meter freestyle Saturday as part of the modern pentathlon. (Associated Press photo by Mark J. Terrill)

The last of the Army participants in the Summer Olympics wrapped up their events Saturday, finishing out of the medals one day before the end of the London Games.

Spc. Dennis Bowsher took 32nd out of 36 athletes in the modern pentathlon, posting a score of 5324, more than 600 points off the gold medal-winning score posted by David Svoboda of the Czech Republic. It was the first Olympics to feature the event’s new format, in which the shooting and running portions are combined in a single, final event. Participants also compete in fencing, swimming and horseback riding, which didn’t go well for everybody.

Staff Sgt. John Nunn posted a personal best of 4 hours, 3 minutes and 28 seconds in the 50-kilometer race walk, earning him a 43rd-place finish. Russia’s Sergey Kirdyapkin took gold in 3:35.59, a new Olympic record.

Of the 13 soldiers to compete in London, only Sgt. Vincent Hancock came away with a medal, defending his Olympic skeet shooting crown. The military’s three other participants — one each from the Navy, Air Force and Marines — also missed the podium, though one military wife did a bit better.


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