pentathlon[pen tat̸h′län′, -lən]
- 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
- 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.