An athletic contest first held at the 1912 Olympics in which each participant competes in five events (running, swimming, horseback riding, fencing, and pistol shooting), with the running and shooting events now combined as a single event.
Variant of pentathlon
- an athletic contest in which each contestant takes part in five events (long jump, javelin throw, 200-meter dash, discus throw, and 1,500-meter run)
- in the Olympic games, a contest consisting of five events (5,000-meter cross-country horseback ride, 4,000-meter cross-country run, 300-meter swim, foil fencing, and pistol shooting)in full modern pentathlon
Origin of pentathlonClassical Greek pentathlon ; from penta-, five + athlon, a prize, contest