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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Recent Examples on the Web The modern pentathlon contains five different events: fencing, freestyle swimming, equestrian show jumping, and a final combined event of pistol shooting and cross country running. Dave Quinn,, 14 Aug. 2021 Karate, modern pentathlon and taekwondo assign some of their spots to athletes who qualified in tournaments and others based on rankings. New York Times, 9 Aug. 2021 The modern pentathlon is a venerable Olympic sport that dates back to 1912 and sees athletes compete in five different events — fencing, freestyle swimming, equestrian show-jumping, pistol shooting and cross-country running. NBC News, 7 Aug. 2021 The modern pentathlon consists of five sports: running, swimming, fencing, shooting and horseback riding. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2021 Laser run, the final event in the women’s modern pentathlon (tape) 7 p.m. CNBC Rhythmic gymnastics Group all-around qualifications in rhythmic gymnastics. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Why send them halfway around the world to watch modern pentathlon?, 30 July 2021 The Tokyo Games will include the debuts of skateboarding, surfing and sport climbing, with gold medals awarded in those sports on the same days, respectively, as in shooting, fencing and modern pentathlon. New York Times, 15 July 2021 Weightlifting, the modern pentathlon, taekwondo, the triathlon, and the trampoline all debuted in 2000. Nicola Williams, National Review, 2 July 2021

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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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“Modern pentathlon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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