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Pentathletes finish the competition with a shoot/run combination. Athletes shoot with a 'laser' pistol at targets 10 metres away and then run 800 meters, this series is completed for a total of 4 sets (3200 meters total) finishing with the final run to the finish.

Points are awarded by time. Total points after the first three events in the competition determines the start order. The athlete with the most points starts first, with the remaining athletes starting in a staggered order determined by one second intervals for every four point difference. The first athlete to finish the shoot/run wins the overall pentathlon competition.

Clothing & Equipment

  • Pentathletes must wear athletic clothing with their name and country code clearly visible on the reverse side of the top.
  • Pentathletes must compete with athletics shoes, with or without spikes
  • Shoot – laser pistol:


  • Targets may be precision targets or Hit and Miss targets
  • Athletes must register 5 laser shots in the black within 50 seconds or time out. If an athlete registers 5 laser shots in the black under 50 seconds, they may immediately proceed to the next 800 m run.

Run Skills

  • Stamina
  • Strength
  • Determination

Shoot Skills

  • Concentration
  • Self-control


  • 500 Modern Pentathlon points are awarded for obtaining the following times ±1 point for each second faster or slower.
  • The points table for the combined event of the modern pentathlon can be found in the rules and regulations section:

Additional Information

Complete rules for Pentathlon are available on the Union International de Pentathlon Moderne Website:

Rules & Regulations

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