Oxford University Modern Pentathlon Association welcomes members of all levels. Some take up pentathlon having never done any of the sports, others come from backgrounds in running, swimming, riding or fencing, and some cross over from Pony Club Tetrathlon. The club caters for complete beginners and experienced competitors alike and has had great success right up to international level; ex Oxford pentathletes Steph Cook and Emily de Riel took Olympic gold and silver in the women’s event at Sydney 2000 and the club has produced several other international athletes.
What is Modern Pentathlon?
Modern Pentathlon is an exciting, dynamic sport comprising the five events of running, riding, swimming, shooting and fencing. It was invented by Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympics, with the intention of mimicking the skills required by a 19th century military dispatch rider. Obviously, the requirements of an army officer have changed but the sport has remained an integral part of the Olympic Games since 1912. The five events are normally competed over 2 days, apart from at the Olympics when they take place in a single day. Scores from each event are added together to determine the overall winner. Modern Pentathlon men and women athletes need to have strength, endurance, quick reflexes and concentration, in order to meet the high demands of the sport.
To find out more, please visit Pentathlon GB
Did you know? The men’s team are currently on seventeen consecutive Varsity Match wins! That’s equal to the all-time record which is held by Men’s Boxing.
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