Modern pentathlon 07-23-2004 10:30

The roots of Modern Pentathlon can be traced to the ancient Pentathlon, which included the following five disciplines: discus throw, javelin, long jump, the stadium-length race, and wrestling. The ancient Pentathlon was incorporated into the ancient Olympic Games in 708 B.C., where Lambis Lakedaimonios was crowned the first Olympic victor.

Pierre de Coubertin wished to include a combined sport into the programme of the modern Olympic Games, which would highlight the prototype of the multi-faceted 鈥渟uper athlete鈥, someone who combines strength, technique and a strong personality. Inspired by the ancient Pentathlon, he created the Modern pentathlon, a sport that combines technical disciplines such as Shooting, Fencing and Riding, together with strength and endurance disciplines like Swimming and Cross-country running.

The choice of these sports was based on the legend of a warrior who, having to convey a message to the rear of the fighting forces, had to battle on horseback with his pistol and sword. However, because his horse was killed in the process, he had to swim and run to complete his mission.


The combination of five completely different sports constitutes Modern Pentathlon, the most demanding sport of the Olympic Games. Pentathletes compete in the course of one day, in the following five disciplines: Shooting, Fencing, Swimming, Riding, and Cross-country running. Modern Pentathlon men and women athletes need to have strength, endurance, quick reflexes and concentration, in order to meet the high demands of the sport.

Plato understandably made the following statement:

鈥淭he philosopher lacks in specialised sciences but is good in all other social functions and expressions, and that is why he is the best among the educated, as is the pentathlete the best amongst all other athletes鈥.

>ATHENS 2004 Modern Pentathlon

The Modern Pentathlon events will take place at the Olympic Modern Pentathlon Centre, within the Goudi Olympic Complex. All the events will take place within one day for each category. Venues will be in a walking distance from one another.

The men鈥檚 event will take place on 26th August and the women's on 27th August 2004.


Today, as in antiquity, pentathletes are renowned for the harmony and measure that is highlighted through their efforts to distinguish themselves in five completely different sports.

The men鈥檚 Modern pentathlon was included in the Olympic competition schedule at the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, while the women鈥檚 category was added for the first time at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

On an international level, the modern pentathlon is managed and administered by the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), which was founded in 1948 and is based in the Principality of Monaco.

In Greece, Modern pentathlon began in 1975. The Hellenic Modern Pentathlon Federation (known by its Greek initials of E.O.MO.P.) was founded in January 2001. Until then, Modern pentathlon had been under the authority of the Hellenic Amateur Athletics Association.

Source:The official website of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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