|Men's modern pentathlon|
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
|No. of events||2|
|Competitors||51 from 19 nations|
| Modern pentathlon at the|
1952 Summer Olympics
At the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, two events in modern pentathlon were contested.For the first time, a team event was part of the Olympic program.
|Individual|| Lars Hall |
| Gábor Benedek |
| István Szondy |
|Team|| Hungary (HUN)|
| Sweden (SWE)|
| Finland (FIN)|
|Totals (3 nations)||2||2||2||6|
A total of 51 athletes from 19 nations competed at the Helsinki Games:
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