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Olympic Modern Pentathlon Guide

THE TIMES Guide to the Games HISTORY ONE TO WATCH BRITISH HOPE VENUES 15 EUROPEAN Mhairi Spence Aiming for a medal in the women's event. Ranked fifth in the worlid and won silver at this year's World Cup opener, ahead of tearn-mate Heather Fell, who took Olympic silver in 2008 First included in 1912, the sport was invented by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Games. Lena Schöneborn (Gemany) Ranked first in the world in the women's event. Took gold at the Games in Beljng in 2008 and at the first modern perntathlon Workd Cup series event this year Copper Box, Aquatics Centre, above, Greenwich Park The fencing and swimming competitions take place in the Olympic Park before the event moves camp to Greenwich Park for the riding and combined event MODERN PENTATHLON WOL recreate the skils required of a Coubertin wanted to create a sport that sokdier trapped behind enermy lines Aug 11-12 COMPETITORS: 72 (36 men, 36 women) MOST MEDALS 1st, Hungary 2nd, Sweden 3rd, Soviet Union 7th, GB MEDAL EVENTS: 2 DPO HOW IT WORKS The single-day event starts with fencing, swimming and riding. Athletes' total scores for the first three contests determine a time handicap for the combined shooting and running race, the winner of which takes gold SWIMMING Athletes compete in a 200 metres treestyle race. Points are awarded or removed for deviating from the target of 2min and 30sec FENCING Every competitor fences all other athletes in one-minute bouts, the winner of which is the first to score a hit. OModem pentathlon originally took place over five days and has had the one-day format only since the Atlanta Games in 1996. From 1952 to 1992, there was a team If neither scores a hit within a minute, a double defeat is recorded competition in addition to the men's event. The women's event started in Sydney in 2000, when Stephanie Cook took gold for Great Britain. London 2012 will be the first Games to combine the shooting and running events and to use electric laser pistols Combined shooting and running The total score from the first three events determines the athletes handicap for the final combined event. Athletes run a short distance to a shooting range where they have 70 seconds to fire five shots at the target with a laser pistol. Failing to hit the target with all five shots within the time incurs a time penalty before starting the first 1,000-metre run. The process is repeated for the second and third runs. The first competitor to cross the finish line wins the contest RIDING Competitors have 20 minutes to adjust to unfamiliar horses. They then complete a 12-jump course within a time limit, with points deducted for taults, refusals and missing obstacles 10 metres Naxt woek: Rowing 170mm

Olympic Modern Pentathlon Guide

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