modern pentathlon

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The modern pentathlon will drop its horse event, possibly adding a human obstacle course. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 May 2022 Few except for hardcore fans would care about Greco-Roman wrestling, modern pentathlon or fencing — if that is, nationalism were not the obvious backdrop. Stephen Wade, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Mar. 2022 Few except for hardcore fans would care about Greco-Roman wrestling, modern pentathlon or fencing — if that is, nationalism were not the obvious backdrop. Stephen Wade, ajc, 15 Mar. 2022 Later that month, Keller attended a fundraiser for then-U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) at the Colorado Springs home of Eli Bremer, who competed in the modern pentathlon in the Beijing Olympics. Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 In August, German modern pentathlon coach Kim Raisner was disqualified from the Tokyo Games after hitting a horse that the animal's assigned rider Annika Schleu had been struggling to control. PEOPLE.com, 5 Nov. 2021 Boxing, weightlifting and modern pentathlon, each of which has dealt with its own troubles and scandals in recent years, were also excluded from the initial list. Michelle Bruton, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Equestrian show jumping will be dropped from the modern pentathlon at the Olympics following the 2024 Summer Games in Paris, according to the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM). PEOPLE.com, 5 Nov. 2021 And in what could be an Olympic first, a coach with the German modern pentathlon team was kicked out of the Games for punching a horse that balked at jumping. NBC News, 8 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of modern pentathlon was circa 1912

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“Modern pentathlon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modern%20pentathlon. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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