Alexander Parygin

Alexander Parygin (born 25 April 1973) is a Kazakhstani-Australian modern pentathlete and Olympic champion. He competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta where he won the individual gold medal.[1][2]

Alexander Parygin
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Personal information
Born25 April 1973 (1973-04-25) (age 49)
Almaty, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Height180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
SportModern pentathlon
ClubModern Pentathlon Victoria

He competed for Australia at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and finished 27th overall. He initially qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, but his qualification was called into question by the British team for failing to meet the minimum number of points required to be eligible (as his qualification took place at the Oceanian Championship in Tokyo, where the show jumping segment was called off after an outbreak of equine flu;[3] however, the Australian Olympic Committee initially insisted he had met the requirements),[4] and was eventually revoked by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).[3] Alex now lives in Melbourne, Australia.


  1. ^ "1996 Summer Olympics – Atlanta, United States – Modern Pentathlon" Archived 2008-08-22 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved on April 15, 2008)
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Aleksandr "Alex" Parygin". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Australian Alex Parygin knocked off Olympic team". The China Post. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Controversy over Aust pentathlete's Olympic ditching". Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC). 2 July 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2012.

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