|Olympic Pentathlon Interesting Information and History|
The pentathlon was first introduced in 708 BC in which athletes in the 18th Greek Olympiad competed in five areas: running the length of the stadium, jumping, throwing a spear, throwing a discus, and wrestling.
|5 Sports in Pentathlon|
- Fencing (round-robin tournament in which competitors face each of the other competitors and have one minute to score the first hit for a win)
- Swimming 200m freestyle (most pentathletes have a swimming background)
- Horseback riding through a 12-jump course with horses provided through a random drawing (also called equestrian show jumping, this portion is not included in the youth competition)
- Three sets of shooting at five targets with a 4.5mm compressed or CO2 single shot pistol
- Running three 1,000m sets (shooting and running are called the combined event)
|General George S. Patton Competed in Pentathlon in 1912|
Photo from U.S. Library of Congress http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:GeorgeSPatton.jpg
Modern pentathletes of a variety of ages compete for points. Learn more about these athletes and their standings at the pentathlon.org biographies page. I found it interesting to learn that a 25-year-old from the United States named Sam Sackson broke the world shooting record for five shots in 9.03 seconds. Some of the forerunner countries in the modern pentathlon according to the current statistics listed on the site are Russia, Hungary, and Ukraine. Andras Balczo from Hungary is one of the most famous Olympic pentathletes, who won three gold medals and two silver medals in the 1960s and early 1970s.
|Olympic Modern Pentathlon Reaches 100 Year Mark|
Check out the Fit Tips 4 Life site map for more great articles!