Modern pentathlon offers the ultimate test of fitness, courage and skill. Comprising of five traditional sports competed over one day, modern pentathlon has been a core part of the Olympic Games since 1912.
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Athletes ride an unfamiliar horse over a series of 9-12 show-jumps (which may include a double and a treble).
Athletes fence every other competitor using electric epees and this is the only discipline where competitors can influence another athlete’s score.
Athletes compete in a 50, 100 or 200m freestyle swim depending on age group.
Athletes shoot (laser) a series of targets followed by run over a set distance.
The laser-run is the climax to the competition and athletes begin with a handicapped start, based on the results of the previous disciplines.