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At Olympia in classical times this was the most important of the games, the one for which the crown of olive leaves was most highly prized. According to Aristotle it crowned "the finest man in Greece".As its name suggests, the pentathlon consists of five events: running, javelin, long jump, discus and wrestling. Only the judges knew the order of the events, a psychological dilemma for the athletes, since they did not know which events to prepare for.The pentathlon works by elimination until only two athletes are left in the final wrestling event.It was of course as a tribute to those brave contestants of antiquity that the Olympic movement decided to revive this event, in a modern form, at the Stockholm games in 1912.(See also MODERN PENTATHLON)
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