Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bowsher Finishes 32nd in Modern Pentathlon - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Dennis Bowsher realized his Olympic dream on Saturday, competing in the modern pentathlon on the stage in London, but after a full day of competition, the graduate of W.T. White High School in Dallas, ended with a finish in 32nd place.

The sport traces its roots to the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, and was introduced in 1912. Athletes competing are faced with five different events. They must fence, swim 200-meters, ride a show jumping horse, and run 3 kilometers while stopping to shoot a pistol along the way -- all skills used in military combat.

"A soldier had to know how to ride a horse, use their gun," Bowsher said. "If they ran out of bullets, they had to be able to use their sword. If there was no horse, they had to be able to cross land or water."

In the first event, fencing, Bowsher ended in a three way tie for 34th place. Thanks to his strength in the pool he finished 18th in swimming. Then riding a horse named Vito he finished in 29th. In the final combined event, where competitors run and shoot, Bowsher finished 30th,

Bowsher finished 32nd overall.

Bowsher, a soldier in the U.S. Army, was the sole competitor for the U.S. at the Games of the XXX Olympiad.

"In 1912, General George Patton competed in the Olympics in modern pentathlon, so 100 years later, I'm a soldier in the Army competing in the modern Olympics just like General George Patton did," Bowsher said.

NBC 5's Brian Curtis and Justin Hinton contributed to this report,

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