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Modern Pentathlon

The Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon comprises the sports of pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running. The sport was introduced at the 1912 Olympics by Pierre de Coubertin.

The choice of the five sports that make up the Modern Pentathlon adventures of a liaison officer whose horse was brought down in enemy territory. Having defended himself with his pistol and sword, he swims across a raging river and delivers the message on foot.

The sport is a one day format at the Olympic Games. and women only competed for the first time at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

More Information

For further information on how to get involved with Modern Pentathlon, visit Pentathlon GB.


Colin Smith
Regional Coordinator
01252 845781
Southern Region Modern Pentathlon Association

Miranda Palmer
Development Officer (South)
Pentathlon GB
07855 957924