- 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 cross-country horseback riding, a cross-country run, swimming, foil fencing, and pistol shootingin full modern pentathlon
Origin of pentathlonClassical Greek pentathlon ; from penta-, five + athlon: see athlete
- An athletic contest consisting of five track and field events, usually running races at two different distances, the long jump, and the discus and javelin throws.
- See modern pentathlon.
Origin of pentathlonGreek pentāthlon : penta-, penta- + āthlon, contest.