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Amro Elgeziry, three-time Egyptian Olympian, qualifies for 2020 U.S. Olympic team

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Amro Elgeziry went to the last three Olympics for Egypt. Next year, he will compete for the U.S. Olympic team for the first time.

Elgeziry, a modern pentathlete, qualified for the Tokyo Games by placing fifth at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, on Sunday, according to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Another modern pentathlete, Samantha Achterberg, qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic team by taking silver in the women’s event Saturday.

Open-water swimmers Haley AndersonAshley Twichell and Jordan Wilimovsky previously qualified for the Olympic team.

Elgeziry, 32, was born in Cairo. He moved to Colorado Springs, site of a U.S. Olympic training center, in 2014 (the year he earned a world silver medal) and married U.S. Olympic pentathlete Isabella Isaksen. Isaksen finished 12th at Pan Ams, missing the chance to qualify for Tokyo, but will get more chances in the next year.

Elgeziry retired from the Egyptian team after Rio to settle into a normal American life with Isaksen, according to USA Modern Pentathlon. But he felt the urge to return, joined the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) and became an American citizen.

Emily deRiel was the last American to earn an Olympic pentathlon medal, silver in 2000. The sport debuted at the 1912 Stockholm Games.

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Another Beijing Olympic medal stripped as total nears 50

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The tally of 2008 Olympic medals stripped moved closer to 50 after Ukraine modern pentathlete Victoria Tereshchuk lost her bronze for doping via retesting of her samples from the Beijing Games.

More than 80 athletes from the Beijing Olympics have been disqualified for doping, according to Olympic historians. More than 40 medals have been stripped.

Tereschchuk’s samples came back positive for the anabolic steroid turinabol, a common substance found in retesting that has led to stripped medals.

The fourth-place finisher in the 2008 Olympic modern pentathlon, Anastasiya Samusevich of Belarus, is in line to be upgraded to bronze.

The list of stripped 2008 Olympic medals is wide-ranging, in sports including cycling, track and field, weightlifting and wrestling. The athletes have primarily come from Russia and Eastern Europe.

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Russia’s Lesun takes gold in men’s modern pentathlon, USA’s Schrimsher 11th

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Russia’s Alexandr Lesun, who already had two world championships to his credit in the modern pentathlon, took gold in the Olympic competition Saturday.

Lesun compiled a total of 1479 points, just seven more than silver medalist Pavlo Tymoshchenko of Ukraine. The gold medal represents a bounce-back for Lesun, who four years ago finished 25th in the modern pentathlon. Entering the running/shooting portion of the competition with a slight lead over Tymoshchenko, Lesun posted a time seven seconds better than that of the Ukrainian to take gold.

With his silver medal Tymoshchenko is the first Ukrainian male to win an Olympic medal in the modern pentathlon. Taking bronze was Mexico’s Ismael Hernandez Uscanga, who won his nation’s first Olympic medal in either men’s or women’s modern pentathlon.

American Nathan Schrimsher finished 11th with a total of 1450 points.