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: Gr pentathlon from penta-, five plush athlon, a prize, contest
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- A modern athletic contest, now generally limited to women's competition, in which each participant competes in five track and field events, usually the 200-meter and 1,500-meter runs, the long jump, and the discus and javelin throws.
- The modern pentathlon.
Origin: Greek pentāthlon : penta-, penta- + āthlon, contest.