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Modern Pentathlon 101: Basics

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Modern Pentathlon 101: Basics

Learn more about the sport of modern pentathlon. 

The modern pentathlon (from the Greek word pente) consists of five disciplines, including an event that combines running and shooting:

Fencing: Epee (ranking round and bonus round)

Swimming: 200m freestyle

Equestrian: Show jumping (12 obstacles)

Combined event: 3200m cross-country running + laser pistol (5 targets at each of the four shooting stops)

Modern Pentathlon 101

Learn more about modern pentathlon:

Basics | Competition format | Equipment | Glossary | Olympic history | Qualification | Venues

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