The Modern Pentathlon

In a modern pentathlon, four of the five components are swimming, fencing, shooting, and running. What's the fifth component?

  • A. archery
  • B. cycling
  • C. equestrian jumping
  • D. cross country skiing

14% of players knew the correct answer: C., equestrian jumping

In Ancient Olympic Games, the pentathlon included the long jump, javelin throwing, discus throwing, running, and wrestling. However, the modern pentathlon focuses on the skills required by a late 19th century soldier, which involves horses, running, swimming, fencing, and shooting.


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Question of the Day: The Modern Pentathlon
In the Ancient Olympic Games, the pentathlon focused on the skills required for a soldier. However, by the time the Modern Olympics began, those skills had changed. In this Flashcast, Murray and Tamika dive into the history of the pentathlon and why it now involves horses, running, swimming, fencing, and shooting.

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