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Modern Pentathlon

Pentathlon GB

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What is Modern Pentathlon?

A day of modern pentathlon begins with fencing, followed by a 200m swim. After that, athletes compete in a showjumping round with a horse selected at random, you never ride your own horse.

Modern pentathlon 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 showjumping 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.

Benefits

  • Fencing is great for all-round fitness, muscle toning, building core strength, coordination and balance.
  • Running helps lower blood pressure through strengthening the heart, builds stamina, burns extra calories, improves bone density and tones muscles.
  • Swimming aids the healthy functioning of the heart, lungs and circulatory systems.

Involvement

For those wanting to get started in England, Northern Ireland or Wales, find the appropriate home country or regional contact on the Pentathlon GB website. You do not have to take part in all disciplines to take part in modern pentathlon events. The Modern Pentathlon Association arranges events for just two disciplines, run and swim (biathlon and biathle) through to competitions involving all five disciplines.

Equipment

5 sports means 5 sets of equipment.

  • For Shooting normal sportswear and pistol is needed.
  • For Fencing specialist protective fencing clothing is needed.
  • For Equestrian you will need a riding helmet, appropriate footwear, trousers/jodhpurs.
  • For Running general running gear & trainers is all that is needed.
  • For Swimming you need swimming costume, hat and goggles.

Facts

  • The pentathlon has changed considerably it used to consist of running, jumping, spear throwing, discus and wrestling. The modern pentathlon was introduced by Baron de Coubertin at the Stockholm Games in 1912, comprising pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running.

Campaigns

Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

Partners

  • Melton Borough Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Sport England
    QUEST
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Harborough District Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    County Sport Network
    Equality Standard
  • East Midlands Platform
    Leicester City Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    Rutland County Council
    Safeguarding
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Loughborough University
    Blaby District Council
    Age UK L&R

Partners

  • Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    British Heart Foundation
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    QUEST
  • Age UK L&R
    Leicester City Council
  • Safeguarding
    Equality Standard
  • Harborough District Council
    County Sport Network
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Loughborough University
  • East Midlands Platform
    Sport England
  • Rutland County Council