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.
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.