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pentathlon

(pĕntăth`lən), composite athletic event. In ancient Greece it comprised leaping, foot racing, wrestling, discus throwing, and casting the javelin. The modern pentathlon, an Olympic gamesOlympic games,
premier athletic meeting of ancient Greece, and, in modern times, series of international sports contests. The Olympics of Ancient Greece

Although records cannot verify games earlier than 776 B.C.
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 contest for men since 1912, comprises a cross-country horseback ride, a cross-country run, a swimming race, épée fencing, and pistol shooting; women first competed in the pentathlon in the 2000 Olympics. In 2008 the governing body for the sport voted to combine the run and pistol shooting in one element. From 1964 to 1980 what is now the women's Olympic track-and-field contest known as the heptathlon (see under decathlondecathlon
, in modern Olympic games, a contest for men held over two days and composed of 10 track-and-field events. It consists of the long jump; the high jump; the discus throw; the shot putt; the javelin throw; the 100-, 400-, and 1,500-meter races; the 110-meter hurdle race;
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) was a five-event contest called the pentathlon.

pentathlon

an athletic contest consisting of five different events, based on a competition in the ancient Greek Olympics
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Since 1965, I have been involved in various roles for modern pentathlon.
Emma Scarborough went in the Under-15 girls' pentathlon.
A family day will start at 11am on November 25, followed by the pentathlon from 2pm, where Emirati hospitality will be extended to the UAE's expatriate community, who are invited to participate at the pentathlon and family day activities.
The 22-year-old athlete also claimed the gold medal in the women's modern pentathlon competition in the 11th Pan-Arab Games held in Egypt in November 2007, as well as grabbing silver in the World Senior Championships last year in Budapest, Hungary.
As it is, the inflammation and fluid build-up is reducing and I could potentially get through the pentathlon with medication, but there is no guarantee that it will not worsen as a result and then mess up the start of my outdoor season.
Pentathlon teammate James Greenwell feared his career was over after rupturing an Achilles tendon in 1994.
The school international pentathlon, which saw England, Scotland and Ireland take part against Wales, proved to be a successful competition for other Welsh boys.
Jan Bartu, Pentathlon GB performance director, said: "I'd be devastated if he didn't get to the Games.
Jim Thorpe was a grand football running back, a proud Native American, a college player who led his Carlisle Indian Industrial School team to victory, and the winner of gold medals for the decathlon and the pentathlon at the 1912 Olympic Games.
This son of L'Emigrant and a Mill Reef mare was ridden by Wang Lian-ying, of the People's Liberation Army, to win the gold medal in the women's modern pentathlon at the ninth National Games in Guangzhou last week.
The Official Video Game of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games will include a wide variety of featured sports, such as aquatics (diving and swimming), archery, baseball, basketball, boxing, canoe/kayak, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football (soccer), gymnastics, handball, field hockey, Judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, softball, table tennis, Taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, and wrestling.
MODERN pentathlon has been an Olympic men's sport since 1912 and Great Britain has never won a medal.