modern pentathlon

noun

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 Still up in the air are international events in eight other sports, including the modern pentathlon world championships. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, "Coronavirus playing havoc with Olympic qualifying events," 8 Feb. 2020 For two weeks every four years, the world turns its attention to all manner of global competitions, in sports known (basketball) and not (hello, modern pentathlon). Sean Gregory, Time, "Team USA Basketball Lost to France — Yes, France. But it's Not Time to Panic Yet," 11 Sep. 2019 But the Olympics are different and require fluency in the nuances of judo, the ins-and-outs of archery or the vagaries of modern pentathlon. Washington Post, "Yes, Oui, Si, and Hai: Interpreters ready for Tokyo Olympics," 29 Aug. 2019 Sisniega’s father, Ivar, competed for Mexico in the modern pentathlon at the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Games. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "LAFC’s Pablo Sisniega grateful to be pursuing his dream after nearly dying," 27 June 2019 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, PEOPLE.com, "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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“Modern pentathlon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modern%20pentathlon. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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