When to watch modern pentathlon during the 2024 Paris Olympics

Modern pentathlon tests athletes across five separate disciplines. Athletes must swim, fence, ride an unfamiliar horse through a show jumping course – they get just 20 minutes to get acquainted – and finally a foot race, which includes stops to take aim at targets with pistols which emit a laser beam when pulling the trigger.

The action in Paris begins on Thursday, August 8 and concludes on Sunday, August 11.

After the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, a new fifth discipline is expected to replace the riding portion of modern pentathlon.  The sports governing body, the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne, has been testing and could vote to officially add an obstacle course portion to the event as a new discipline.


The riding portion of the modern pentathlon will be held in a most regal setting, on the grounds of the Château de Versailles. Venues for the remaining events in the modern pentathlon Olympic program have not been announced.

Equestrian venue rendering at the Château de Versailles for Paris 2024 Olympics
Paris 2024

Competition Schedule

Modern Pentathlon at the 2024 Paris Olympics
Date Event Time (ET)
August 8 Men's Fencing Ranking Round
Women's Fencing Ranking Round
August 9 Men's Semifinal 7a-1p
August 10 Women's Semifinals
Men's Final
August 11 Women's Final 5a-7:30a