modern pentathlon


Definition of modern pentathlon

: a composite contest in which all contestants compete in a 300-meter freestyle swim, a 4000-meter cross-country run, a 5000-meter 30-jump equestrian steeplechase, épée fencing, and target shooting at 25 meters

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Until the late-1980s, Fort Sam Houston was the nation’s only center for modern pentathlon. San Antonio Express-News, "Incarnate Word lunges forward in fencing," 22 Mar. 2018 The Verdict: The modern pentathlon is a massive test of your mental and physical stamina – not to mention your ability to pack clothes for four different events (my fencing jacket is now somewhere in the Sandhurst swimming pool). Phil Boucher,, "We Tried It: A Grueling Pentathlon at the Same Military Academy Where Prince William and Prince Harry Trained," 20 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of modern pentathlon

circa 1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of modern pentathlon was circa 1912

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