- an athletic contest comprising five different track and field events and won by the contestant gaining the highest total score.
- modern pentathlon.
Origin of pentathlon
Examples from the Web for pentathlon
He had the three games out of five and was winner of the pentathlon.Buried Cities, Part 2
They had already completed the chariot-race, and the foot-race of the pentathlon.Hellenica
And he who is beautiful for the Pentathlon is very bad for wrestling?The Teaching of Epictetus
He was awfully keen on the Pentathlon; wanted to have it at the sports.Second String
The Pentathlon, so called because it comprised five exercises.History Of Ancient Civilization
- an athletic contest consisting of five different events, based on a competition in the ancient Greek OlympicsCompare decathlon
Word Origin and History for pentathlon
athletic contest of five events, 1852, from Greek pentathlon "the contest of five exercises," from pente "five" (see five) + athlon "prize, contest," of uncertain origin. Earlier in English in Latin form pentathlum (1706). The Greek version consisted of jumping, sprinting, discus and spear throwing, and wrestling. The modern version (1912) consists of horseback riding, fencing, shooting, swimming, and cross-country running.