Modern Pentathlon has become one of Olympic sports since 1912. Baron Pierre de Coubertin was the man who founded the Modern Pentathlon and championed it to be in the Olympic games. He was reported to have said that the Modern Pentathlon would test a person’s moral qualities as much as his physical abilities.
The Modern Pentathlon involves five separate disciplines competed on one day. They are,
- Pistol Shooting
- Epee Fencing
- Cross Country Running
Pentathlon scoring can be a bit confusing. The points for the first four events are totalled up, and this determines the starting position for the final event the Cross Country Run. The leading point score starts the run first, with the rest following in intervals after him according to their points tally.
Due to the handicap, the winner of the complete Pentathlon is the person who finishes the race first who gets gold, and second and third get silver and bronze.
Some say the Modern Pentathlon is the actual embodiment of the Olympic games, as the five Olympic rings represent the five sports involved in the Modern Pentathlon. This is why the cries for the Modern Pentathlon to be taken out of the Olympic games have been unsuccessful so far.
There are now both men and women competitions for the Modern Pentathlon at the Olympics and other sanctioned Modern Pentathlon events.
One Athlete — Five Sports — One Day! Makes Pentathlon unique among the 31 Olympic Sports in the Summer Olympic Games. Requiring mastery of five dissimilar sports makes Pentathlon’s Athletes “WORLD’s Complete Athlete.”
In addition to the Olympic Games, competition in Pentathlon is held at the Pan American Games, the World Championships and at up to five World Cups held annually throughout the world. Over 70 countries from 5 Continents actively compete in Pentathlon. Historically, Central and East European countries have dominated the sport but over the past two decades The United States, Mexico and China have emerged as top contenders in the sport.
SB Pentathlon’s mission is to prepare athletes to win medals in the Olympic and Pan American Games and at the World Championships. With National Training Centers in San Antonio, Texas and Colorado Springs, Colorado, SB Pentathlon and its coaches work with elite athletes as well as developing Olympians and juniors to prepare them for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and beyond.