an athletic contest comprising five different events, a 300-meter freestyle swim, a 4000-meter cross-country run, a 5000-meter equestrian steeplechase, épée fencing, and pistol target-shooting at 25 meters, the winner being the contestant with the highest total score.
Words nearby modern pentathlon
Origin of modern pentathlon
First recorded in 1940–45
Also called military pentathlon, pentathlon.
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British Dictionary definitions for military pentathlon
an athletic contest consisting of five different events: horse riding with jumps, fencing with electric épée, freestyle swimming, pistol shooting, and cross-country running
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