a-z of sport: Modern Pentathlon
Modern pentathlon is a multi-discipline sport. It is the only sport created by the founder of the modern Olympics specifically for its inclusion in the Games.
A day of modern pentathlon begins with fencing, followed by a 200m swim. After that, athletes compete in a show jumping round with a horse selected at random, you never ride your own horse. The finale is a combined run-and-shoot similar to the winter sport of biathlon, in which athletes must run a short course intertwined with a shooting station.
Modern pentathlon is a sport that welcomes people of all backgrounds and abilities. It offers the chance to swim, ride a horse, run and shoot! Although the sport looks expensive, the equipment is readily available at clubs, so you do not have to own it all.
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