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PENTATHLON, MODERN
Pierre de Coubertin, full of admiration for the tales and exploits of the pentathletes in classical times, asked the organisers of the 1912 Stockholm games to revive the event.In order to bring it up to date, they imagined a modern officer fighting valiantly for victory. In the process he had to ride his horse, fight with his pistol and then with his sword before swimming and running.The modern pentathlon thus includes the following five sports: riding, pistol shooting, fencing, swimming and athletics.The Swedes, who invented the event in its present form, have dominated it since its origin in 1912, winning nine consecutive Olympic titles. Having previously been reserved for men, this event was opened up to women for the Sydney games, where Great Britain's Cook won the first gold medal.
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