Modern pentathlon

Quick Guide to Olympic Modern Pentathlon

Everything you need to know about Olympic Modern Pentathlon.

A classic contest played out in five acts: fencing, swimming, horse riding, shooting and running – with all the events taking place on the same day. Part of the Olympic Games since Stockholm 1912, modern pentathlon has men’s and women’s competitions.

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Is modern pentathlon the weirdest Olympic sport?

The event has been around for over a century, but you've probably never watched it. So why is it still in the Olympics?

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David Svoboda Wins Modern Pentathlon Gold -- London 2012 Olympics

Highlights from the modern pentathlon event at the London 2012 Olympic Games as the Czech Republic's David Svoboda claims the gold medal with China's Zhongrong Cao claiming silver and Hungary's Adam Marosi winning bronze.

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The modern pentathlon was introduced by Baron de Coubertin at the Stockholm Games in 1912, comprising pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running. It was his belief that this event would test a man's moral qualities as much as his physical resources and skills, producing thereby a complete athlete.

From 1912 to 1980, the Olympic modern pentathlon was held over five days with one event per day. Now, the event is held over one day. Competitors score points in the first three events, which decide their starting position for the final combined event, composed of the shooting and running disciplines. The first one over the line wins the gold medal.

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Modern Pentathlon - Men's Combined | London 2012 Olympic Games

- Men - MP03 Combined - Modern Pentathlon - 11 August 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Games

Complete coverage from the final event of the Men's Modern Pentathlon at London 2012.

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Modern Pentathlon - Women's Combined | London 2012 Olympic Games

- Women - MP06 Combined - Modern Pentathlon - 12 August 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Games

Complete coverage from the final event of the Women's Modern Pentathlon at London 2012.

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Modern Pentathlon - Women Riding - London 2012 Olympic Games

- Women - MP06 Riding - Modern Pentathlon - 12 August 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Games

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Women's Modern Pentathlon Final Highlights | London 2012 Olympics

Highlights from the final of the women's modern pentathlon as Laura Asadauskaite (Lithuania) wins gold, with Samantha Murray (Great Britain) winning silver and Yane Marques (Brazil) claiming bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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The modern pentathlon was introduced by Baron de Coubertin at the Stockholm Games in 1912, comprising pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running. It was his belief that this event would test a man's moral qualities as much as his physical resources and skills, producing thereby a complete athlete.

From 1912 to 1980, the Olympic modern pentathlon was held over five days with one event per day. Now, the event is held over one day. Competitors score points in the first three events, which decide their starting position for the final combined event, composed of the shooting and running disciplines. The first one over the line wins the gold medal.

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Mixed International Team Modern Pentathlon - Highlights | Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

Highlights form Day 10 at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with the Mixed International Team Modern Pentathlon event.

Medals:
Gold - Maria Migueis Teixeira (POL) / Anton Kuznetsov (UKR)
Silver - Anna Zs. Toth (HUN) / Ricardo Yamil Vera Reyes (MEX)
Bronze - Aurora Tognetti (ITA) / Park Gilung (KOR)

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Australia's Chloe Esposito sets Modern Pentathlon Olympic Record

Chloe Esposito's score of 1,372 broke the Olympic record as she won the gold medal in the women's Modern Pentathlon at Rio 2016.

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Modern Pentathlon - Men Riding - London 2012 Olympic Games

- Men - MP03 Riding - Modern Pentathlon - 11 August 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Games

David Svoboda - Modern Pentathlon | Olympic Rewind

In this instalment of our Olympic Rewind series we feature the incredible performance of David Svoboda (CZE) in the Modern Pentathlon event at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

With spectacular results in the pool, fencing, equestrian, cross country and shooting events Svoboda won gold cementing his place in Olympic history.

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The Sisters of Modern Pentathlon | Making of an Olympian

USA Modern Pentathlon athletes and sisters, Isabella Isaksen and Margaux Isaksen, tell us how they train and prepare for the multi-sport event.

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Rio - Modern Pentathlon Highlights - World Cup 2016

Catch the full TV highlights from round 2 of the 2016 world Cup of Modern Pentathlon.

Held in the fabulous Rio, Brazil.

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Men's And Women's Modern Pentathlon - Highlights | Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

Highlights form Day 6 at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with the Men's and Women's Modern Pentathlon event.


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Modern Pentathlon - Men Fencing Piste I - London 2012 Olympic Games

- Men - MP01 Fencing Piste I - Modern Pentathlon - 11 August 2012 - London 2012 Olympic Games

Aleksandr Lifanov Wins Men's Modern Pentathlon Gold - Highlights | Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

Highlights form Day 8 at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games with the Men's Modern Pentathlon event.

Medals:
Gold - Aleksandr Lifanov (RUS)
Silver - Gergely Regos (HUN)
Bronze - Dovydas Vaivada (LTU)

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The Evolution of Modern Pentathlon | Faster Higher Stronger

Dr. h. c Klaus Schormann of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon explains the evolution of the event on the Olympic stage. Dr. Shormann walks us through the event's history, rules and scoring system along with outlining the developments made over the years to the sport of Modern Pentathlon at the Olympic Games.

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Men's Fencing - Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final 2012

Catch the highlights and re-live the fencing at the Men's Pentathlon World Cup Final 2012 in Chengdu China.

After this 2 hours of fencing, the athletes had to swim 200m then horse jumping and finally the world best athletes had to do the combined event which consists of running and shooting in a bid to win the World Cup Final and possible Olympic qualification.

Insight into the Tough Life of Modern Pentathlon Training

To be a top level Modern Pentathlete, you need to dedicate your entire life to it. Training to be elite in 5 different disiplines is no easy feat. Get a unique insight on how these Olympic champions push their bodies to the limit for glory.

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