Former Falcon Eli Bremer Set to Compete in Modern Pentathlon
Aug. 18, 2008
Beijing, China - Former Falcon Eli Bremer, a current member of the Air Force World Class Athlete Program (WCAP), begins Olympic competition this week, as he takes part in the modern pentathlon. The men's event is slated to begin on Aug. 21 at 8:30 a.m. Beijing time (Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m., Mountain Time).
The modern pentathlon consists of five disciplines, with athletes competing in all five disciplines in a single day. The first discipline is shooting, followed by fencing, swimming, horseback riding and running. In the final discipline, athletes are handicapped or penalized based on their cumulative point totals from the previous four events. As a result, the first athlete who crosses the finish line is the winner of the pentathlon.
Bremer, a 2000 graduate of the Air Force Academy, earned letters in both fencing and swimming while at the Academy. A gold medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games, Bremer is the top-ranked pentathlete in the United States and is ranked among the top 20 in the world.
Bremer is the second former Air Force swimmer to earn an Olympic berth, joining three-time Olympian Bob Nieman, a 1970 Academy graduate who was a member of the U.S. modern pentathlon teams in 1976, 1980 and 1988 and the fencing team in 1980. Bremer is also the second former Air Force fencer to compete at the Olympics, as 2003 graduate Seth Kelsey participated in the men's epee in both 2004 and 2008.