Definition of pentathlon
: an athletic contest involving participation by each contestant in five different events; especially : modern pentathlon
Examples of pentathlon in a Sentence
the winner of the Olympic pentathlon
Recent Examples of pentathlon from the Web
Brianne Theisen won the NCAA indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon titles in both 2011 and 2012.
At the pentathlon, Odgers, a junior, clocked the second-fastest 50-yard freestyle, behind Rossman’s lifetime-best time of 22.89 seconds.
Perhaps Thorpe is most remembered for taking pentathlon and decathlon gold in the 1912 Olympics despite a lack of formal training in track and field.
The Eatons have already won gold medals at the same meet in 2016, at the world indoor championships in Portland, Ore., in March, when Brianne won the pentathlon and Ashton the heptathlon.
Think of it as the cycling equivalent of the pentathlon, with six races of 200 meters to 14 kilometers for men.
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Did You Know?
The Greek word athlos means "contest or trial", so to be an athlete you had to compete in physical contests. The ancient Greek pentathlon tested warriors' skills in sprinting, long jumping, javelin throwing, discus throwing, and wrestling, none of which are part of today's Olympic pentathlon. But a pentathlete must still have muscles and reflexes suited to almost any kind of physical feat.
Origin and Etymology of pentathlon
Greek, from penta- + athlon contest
First Known Use: 1603See Words from the same year
PENTATHLON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pentathlon for English Language Learners
: a sports contest for men that consists of five different events
PENTATHLON Defined for Kids
Definition of pentathlon for Students
: an athletic contest in which each person participates in five different events
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