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Modern Pentathlon

 

About the sport

The modern pentathlon is a sport that incorporates five specialties: competitive shooting (with a pistol), fencing (sword), swimming (200-meter freestyle), equestrian (jumps) and athletics (3 km cross country). It was created by Pierre de Coubertin, founder of the modern Olympic Games and was inspired by the military training in Ancient Greece.

The men’s event began in the 1912 Olympic Games. From 1952 to 1992 the event was performed among men’s teams. The women did not get included in the program until the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Hungary and Switzerland are the top winners, with 21 medals each, nine of them gold. In the London Games, the competitions are scheduled for the 11th and 12th of August and will take place in three different locations: Copper Box for Fencing, Aquatic Center for Swimming, and Greenwich park for the equestrian, shooting, and athletics events.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games

Yane MarquesYane MarquesCountry:Brazil

The athlete arrives in London after having occupied the third place in the world rankings and could surprise winning a medal for Brazil.


Lena SchönebornLena SchönebornCountry: Germany

Champion at the Beijing Olympics at age 26, Lena Schöneborn still has a world and european pentathlon title to accredit her as a favorite in London.

Andrey MoiseyevAndrey MoiseyevCountry: Russia

Two-time defending champion, Andrey Moiseyev is the only athlete to accomplish it since Sweden's Lars Hall in Helsinki 1952 and Melbourne 1956.


Steph CookSteph CookCountry: Scotland

With the women participating for the first time in the event in Sydney 2000, Cook won gold. Since then, the Brits have always been present on the podium.

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