Pentathlon At The Olympic Games

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.

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Part of the Olympic Games since Stockholm 1912, modern pentathlon has men’s and women’s competitions.

The first three events (fencing, swimming, and show jumping) are scored on a points system. Those points are then converted into a time handicap for the final combined event (pistol shooting and cross-country running), with the points leader starting first and each other competitor having a delayed start based on how many points behind the leader they are.

This results in the finish order of the run being the final ranking for the event.

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