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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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The resulting competitions in Stockholm confirmed to the French that Modern Pentathlon was "a true criterion of manhood and perfect athleticism.
When the Deutsche Turnzeitung analyzed the three top-ranked athletes of the 1912 modern pentathlon, the conclusion was drawn that "only a serious preparation in all five exercises gives [gave] expectancy for modern pentathlon honors.
The Modern Pentathlon was a sport that "tested the ability of those who do several things well, and are [were] not expert in one to the exclusion of everything else.
However, besides the national comments on the 1912 competition, the inclusion of a Modern Pentathlon in the next Olympic program as well as into other noted sport festivals, such as the Panama-Pacific International Exposition Games in San Francisco in 1915, (102) was as least partial proof of its social acceptance.
The Modern Pentathlon was created to aspire towards the complete athlete.
To far greater extent than its two "sister events" the Athletic Pentathlon and the Decathlon, each of which took place at Stockholm in 1912, the Modern Pentathlon helped to underscore the value of a diversified training.
104) It was not exclusively the Modern Pentathlon that characterized a kind of counter-movement to increasing specialization, but rather the general change in times that preceded the multi-sport concept.
First of all, Modern Pentathlon remained without interruption as part of the Olympic program.