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Updated: 12/03/2013 01:46:01PM

Sarasota County lands Olympic pentathlon events

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SARASOTA COUNTY — Another major international sporting event is coming to Sarasota after the International Modern Pentathlon Union has selected the county as host of four major pentathlon events — including three World Cup competitions beginning next year.

The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that consists of five events: 200-meter indoor swimming, fencing, equestrian show jumping and a combined final event of pistol shooting and a 3,200-meter (two-mile) cross-country run. According to the U.S. Olympic website, both men and women complete all five events of the modern pentathlon in one day. A point system for each event is based on a standard performance earning 1,000 points. The winner of the competition is the first athlete to cross the finish line in the run. The pentathlon made its debut at the Ancient Olympic Games in 708 B.C. The modern pentathlon was introduced in 1912. Earlier this year, the sport survived a shakeup of Olympic events and was made one of the Olympics’ core sports through the 2020 games. The events start in Sarasota next year with the World Cup Final. The area will host the World Cup no. 1 first round competition in 2015 before hosting another World Cup Final in 2016. Sarasota will also host the United States Pentathlon Olympic Team trials in 2016. It is the first time an Olympic qualifying event for pentathlon is held in the United States. Athletes would be vying for a chance to participate in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

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