Modern Pentathlon at the Military World Games
By Dialogo July 15, 2011
The modern pentathlon is practiced by men and women, individually or in teams. It was created by Baron de Coubertin, the founder of the Olympic Games in the modern era. It consists of five events: shooting, fencing, swimming, riding, and running. The winner is the athlete who obtains the best overall score, adding together the points earned in all events.
A peculiar fact: the horses used in the riding competition are provided by the competition organizers and assigned to the athletes by random drawing, twenty minutes before the competition. This is the spirit that Coubertin wanted for the sport. He was inspired by nineteenth-century cavalry soldiers, who had to know how to ride an unknown horse, swim, fight with a sword, run, and shoot.