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pentathlon (pĕntăth´lən), composite athletic event. In ancient Greece it comprised leaping, foot racing, wrestling, discus throwing, and casting the javelin. The modern pentathlon, an Olympic games contest for men since 1912, comprises a cross-country horseback ride, a cross-country run, a swimming race, épée fencing, and pistol shooting; women first competed in the pentathlon in the 2000 Olympics. In 2008 the governing body for the sport voted to combine the run and pistol shooting in one element. From 1964 to 1980 what is now the women's Olympic track-and-field contest known as the heptathlon (see under decathlon) was a five-event contest called the pentathlon.

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pen·tath·lon / penˈta[unvoicedth](ə)ˌlän/ • n. an athletic event comprising five different events for each competitor, in particular (also modern pentathlon) a men's event involving fencing, shooting, swimming, riding, and cross-country running. DERIVATIVES: pen·tath·lete / -ˈta[unvoicedth]lēt/ n.

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pentathlon an athletic event comprising five different events for each competitor, in particular, in ancient Greece, leaping, running, discus-throwing, spear-throwing, and wrestling; now, (also modern pentathlon) an event involving fencing, shooting, swimming, riding, and cross-country running.

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pentathlon Athletic competition that originated in ancient Greece and consisting of five events. The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport for women, consisting of the 100m hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump, and 200m.

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