What Is a Modern Pentathlon?
While Summer Olympic sports suchِ asِ swimming, gymnastics, andِ football areِ more popular withِ worldwide audiences, thereِ areِ other Olympic games thatِ mostِ people knowِ little about.
An event sinceِ the 1912 Olympics, theِ modern pentathlon isِ often forgotten andِ has a nameِ that mightِ turn offِ potential spectators.
However, theِ real curiosity comesِ from questioning theِ sport’s specifics: What areِ these contests, andِ what makesِ a specific game a part ofِ the pentathlon.
The purpose behindِ the pentathlon dates backِ to theِ ancient Olympic Games.
Each ofِ the fiveِ original pentathlon events duringِ these ancient games—long jumping, javelin throwing, discus throwing, footracing, andِ wrestling—was intended toِ emphasize skills essential forِ allِ soldiers ofِ the time, whoِ would face similar trials inِ battle.
The modern pentathlon, asِ the nameِ suggests, modernized thisِ type ofِ tournament.
Modern soldiers, theِ event suggests, shouldِ haveِ sword fighting skills, theِ ability toِ swim quickly, theِ ability toِ ride a horse thatِ isِ unknown toِ theِ rider, accurate marksmanship withِ a pistol, andِ great agility.
Though theِ competition wasِ updated forِ 19th-century warfare, itِ hasِ becomeِ dated asِ a judge ofِ anِ ideal soldier.
Military practices ofِ today areِ less focused onِ the physical requirements ofِ the modern pentathlon andِ the pentathlon beforeِ it.