Ed Fernon was retired from the sport for four years before deciding to make a comeback around the middle of 2019 in the quest to qualify for his second Australian Olympic Team, after representing at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Fernon had always dreamed of representing Australia at the Olympic Games. He chose the challenging sport of modern pentathlon despite never having tried fencing or shooting before, and with a fair amount of improving to do in the swim. He started training seriously while studying at Sydney University.
In 2009 he won his first Australian Championships and later that year made his international debut at the Junior World Championships. He competed in his first senior World Cup and senior World Championships in 2010.
In 2011 he won a second national title and later that year he won the Oceania Championships, which secured his Olympic qualification. Chloe Esposito secured the women’s spot at London 2012.
At the London Olympic Games Fernon finished 27th from the 36-strong field. He was 17th in the riding and finished with the 14th fastest run-shoot time.
Fernon competed in a few international competitions in 2013 and 2014 and went up against Max Esposito at the qualifying event for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Esposito won the Asia/Oceania Championships to secure the spot for Rio 2016, where he eventually finished seventh. Fernon competed at the 2015 World Championships before taking an extended break from the sport.
During his break from the sport he focused on his property development business, got married and have two boys. He won the 2017 Mongal Derby – which is the longest and toughest horse race in the world, as well as climbing some of the highest mountain peaks in the world.
In 2019, Fernon was encouraged to come back to the sport from one of his coaches, Dean Gleeson, to try and secure the Oceania spot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He qualified for the Asia/Oceania Championships in China off less than three months hard training and will take on young Australian Rhys Lanskey for the Olympic qualification.
|1st||New Zealand Open||Waikato, New Zealand||22 September 2019|
|74th||2015 World Championships||Berlin, Germany||6 July 2015|
|18th - Mixed Relay||2015 World Championships||Berlin, Germany||6 July 2015|
|19th||2015 Asia/Oceania Championships||Beijing, China||6 June 2015|
Born 1988 in Sydney, Australia
London 2012 Olympian
Married with two children
- London 2012 Olympic Games – 27th
- 1st Oceania Championships – 2011
- National Champion – 2009 and 2011