Ahead of competition, here is everything you need to know about Modern Pentathlon!
Originally founded by Pierre De Coubertin in 1912, Modern Pentathlon is a sport designed for the perfect all-around with five sports, fencing, equestrian, swimming, running and shooting, combined into the one event.
At the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Australian athletes Ed Fernon and Marina Carrier will face a stellar international contingent on August 5 to 7, in the Men’s and Women’s individual competition. Australian fans will watch with high hopes following the success of Chloe Esposito who won Gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016.
In one day each athlete will fence every other competitor in a round-robin format, swim 200 metres in seeded heats and show jump on a horse they have only known for 20 minutes.
The final event is the combined run/shoot event. Pentathletes start on a handicap, based on scores after the previous 3 events.
They run a short distance to the firing range, shoot unlimited times within 70 seconds to hit a target five times; run 1,000m, then shoot a further five targets; run a further 1,000m and shoot another 5 targets; then run the final 1,000m to the finish line.
OFFICIAL SCHEDULE (AEST):
- Day 13, Thursday, August 5; 2pm- 8:30pm – Fencing ranking round
- Day 14, Friday, August 6; 3:30pm- 9:15pm – Feat. Marina Carrier
- Day 15, Saturday, August 7; 3:30pm- 9:15pm – Feat. Ed Fernon
Be sure to check out the athlete profiles, sport explainers and the Olympic archives as well as tons of great extra videos to get into the Olympic Spirit!