Meaning of modern pentathlon

mod'ern pentath'lon

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an athletic contest comprising five different events, a 300-meter freestyle swim, a 4000-meter cross-country run, a 5000-meter equestrian steeplechase, épée fencing, and pistol target-shooting at 25 meters, the winner being the contestant with the highest total score. Also called
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