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All About the Olympic Modern Pentathlon

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Updated July 08, 2012

The sport of Modern Pentathlon has been called a true representation of the Olympic movement and the sport that most accurately conveys the ideals of the Olympics. The five Olympic rings are reflected in modern pentathlon's five events.

About the Olympic Modern Pentathlon: The modern pentathlon is a sports competition consisting of five events: pistol shooting, epee fencing, 200 m freestyle swimming, a horse jumping, and a cross-country run. All five events are held on the same day.

Olympic Modern Pentathlon History: The modern pentathlon has been part of the Olympic games continuously since 1912. A team event was added to the Olympic Games in 1952 and discontinued in 1992. The women's event was added for the 2000 Olympic Games.

Athletes: Here's who you should be watching for in the Olympic Modern Pentathlon competition in Beijing.

Action Image Gallery: With five very different disciplines in the competition, the Olympic modern pentathlon offers many opportunities for varied and interesting action shots. View photos from the Modern Pentathlon in the Summer Olympic Games.

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