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Understanding the Modern Pentathlon

August 22, 2015

Modern Pentathlon European Championships - Mens Relay - Bath - 19th August 2015 - Sam Curry (who partnered with James Myatt ) in action in the combined (run and shoot) phase of the Modern Pentathlon Mens Relay Competition event held at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.

Modern Pentathlon European Championships – Mens Relay – Bath – 19th August 2015 – Sam Curry (who partnered with James Myatt ) in action in the combined (run and shoot) phase of the Modern Pentathlon Mens Relay Competition event held at the University of Bath Sports Training Village.

It’s okay if you have no idea what the Modern Pentathlon is or what the European Championships are all about – we’re here to tell you how to make the most of your day out at the European Championship Finals this weekend.

If watching Olympic pentathletes, enjoying an outdoor bar and BBQ and trying your hand at fencing, shooting and riding sounds like a good time, then head over to the University of Bath Sports Training Village. Saturday and Sunday will see over 100 pentathletes from more than 20 European countries competing for the title of European Champion as well as Olympic qualification.

The Sport

Modern Pentathlon is one of the most demanding Olympic sports, with athletes tackling fencing, swimming, riding and a run/shoot all in the space of one day.

Individual athletes will swim 200 meters, fence all of the other athletes in one minute bouts, complete a show jumping course with 12 obstacles in a set time and run 3,200 meters – shooting at a target five times from 10 meters away before each 800 meter leg of the run.

For all the details and information on how the points system works, the official programme has the perfect guide so you won’t get lost or feel intimidated by all the pros!

Keep an eye out for strong competition between the Germans, Ukrainians, Russians, Italians and the British at the individual finals.

Plan your day

If you’ve got a ‘See 5’ ticket, you can watch all five disciplines of the sport – so arrive early.

The first event, swimming, starts at 8:30 am on Saturday and Sunday and is a very fast paced 200 meter freestyle race. The heats are seeded with the fastest swimmers competing in the final heat.

The Sports Training Village is big and the events are spread out so when you walk through the doors pick up a map so you can plan what you want to see and where you want to be between events.

If 8:30am on a weekend is too early for you, the fencing part of the competition begins at 10am, the riding at 3pm and the combined event at 5:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t miss the outdoor disciplines – riding and the combined run/shoot – as the Spectator’s Village offers a huge balcony perfect for observing all the action.

Spectator’s Village

Throughout the weekend the Spectator’s Village will host a BBQ and outdoor bar area as well as live music and lots of exhibitors. Don’t miss out on exhibitions from local artists like Kate Ward or local food from Marshfield Ice Cream and Lovely Handmade Drinks. Kalibazar will also be offering bespoke t-shirt printing and European Championship memorabilia.

If you’re feeling inspired by the world-class athletes and venue, try your hand at the sport with the Come & Try sessions for all ages. Test your fencing skills in a group duel, race around the gym on ‘horse’ hoppers and practice your shooting skills with the laser pistol trials (or do the BIG Club Challenge water pistol shooting activity)!

Tickets are £1 for children and start from £10 for adults and are still on sale tickets
or can be bought on the door.

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Date:
August 22, 2015
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Venue

University of Bath
Claverton Down Road
bath, BA2 7AY
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