|World Modern Pentathlon Championships|
The UIPM Senior World Championships is an annual global international competition in modern pentathlon. It was first held in 1949 under the organization of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM).
The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five different events; fencing, freestyle swimming (200m), equestrian show jumping, and a final combined event of pistol shooting and cross country running (3200m). This last event is now referred to as the laser-run, since it alternates four legs of laser pistol shooting followed by an 800m run. The event is inspired by the traditional pentathlon held during the ancient Olympics; as the original events were patterned on the skills needed by an ideal Greek soldier of the era, the modern pentathlon is similarly patterned on events representing the skills needed by cavalry behind enemy lines.
The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne, commonly known by the acronym UIPM, has been the international governing body of modern pentathlon since its foundation in London in 1948. Its headquarters are in Monte-Carlo, Monaco and it has 115 national federation members. Modern pentathlon was introduced at the 5th Olympiad in Stockholm (SWE) in 1912, comprising the contemporary sports of pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running, which embraced the spirit of its ancient counterpart.
|Edition||Year||Men's Host City||Men's Host Country||Women's Host City||Women's Host Country||Events|
|1||1949||Stockholm||Not held||Not held||2|
|2||1950||Bern||Not held||Not held||2|
|3||1951||Helsingborg||Not held||Not held||2|
|4||1953||Santo Domingo||Not held||Not held||2|
|5||1954||Budapest||Not held||Not held||2|
|6||1955||Zurich||Not held||Not held||2|
|7||1957||Stockholm||Not held||Not held||2|
|8||1958||Aldershot||Not held||Not held||2|
|9||1959||Hershey||Not held||Not held||2|
|10||1961||Moscow||Not held||Not held||2|
|11||1962||Mexico City||Not held||Not held||2|
|12||1963||Magglingen||Not held||Not held||2|
|13||1965||Leipzig||Not held||Not held||2|
|14||1966||Melbourne||Not held||Not held||2|
|15||1967||Jönköping||Not held||Not held||2|
|16||1969||Budapest||Not held||Not held||2|
|17||1970||Warendorf||Not held||Not held||2|
|18||1971||San Antonio||Not held||Not held||2|
|19||1973||London||Not held||Not held||2|
|20||1974||Moscow||Not held||Not held||2|
|21||1975||Mexico City||Not held||Not held||2|
|22||1977||San Antonio||Not held||Not held||2|
|24||1979||Budapest||Not held||Not held||2|
|28||1984||Not held||Not held||Copenhagen||2|
|30||1986||Montecatini Terme||Montecatini Terme||4|
|32||1988||Not held||Not held||Warsaw||2|
|Edition||Year||Host City||Host Country||Events|
|Totals (34 nations)||258||258||261||777|
Modern pentathlon is a sports contest created especially for the Summer Olympic Games by the founder of the modern Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, and was first contested in 1912. Coubertin was inspired by the pentathlon event in Ancient Olympic Games, which was modeled after the skills of the ideal soldier at the time.
A pentathlon is a contest featuring five events. The name is derived from Greek: combining the words pente (five) and -athlon (competition). The first pentathlon was documented in Ancient Greece and was part of the Ancient Olympic Games. Five events were contested over one day for the Ancient Olympic pentathlon, starting with the long jump, javelin throwing, and discus throwing, followed by the stadion and wrestling. Pentathletes were considered to be among the most skilled athletes, and their training was often part of military service—each of the five events in the pentathlon was thought to be useful in war or battle.
The modern pentathlon at the 2004 Summer Olympics was held from 26 August to 27 August 2004, at the Olympic Modern Pentathlon Centre at the Goudi Olympic Complex. The men's and women's events each involved 32 athletes, an increase of eight from the previous games.
Chen Qian is a female Chinese modern pentathlete who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London finishing in 5th place on both occasions.
The modern pentathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London was held from 11 to 12 August 2012. The men's and women's events each involved 36 athletes. The venues for the events were the Copper Box (fencing), the Aquatics Centre (swimming), and Greenwich Park.
Anastasiya Samusevich-Prokopenko is a Belarusian modern pentathlete who competed at three Summer Olympics.
The modern pentathlon at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 19 to 20 August 2016 at Deodoro Aquatics Centre, Deodoro Stadium and Youth Arena.
Michal Michalík is a modern pentathlete from the Czech Republic. He competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, where he finished sixth in the men's event, with a score of 5,332 points, and managed to repeat his position at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He is currently ranked no. 37 in the world by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM).
Peter Samuel Konrad "Sam" Sacksen is an American modern pentathlete from Somerset, Pennsylvania. He is currently ranked no. 56 in the world by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM).
Aleksander Leonidovich Lesun is a Russian modern pentathlete. He is a multiple-time medalist at the World and European Championships, and was a top-ranked male modern pentathlete in the world by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM).
Leila Gyenesei is a Hungarian modern pentathlete and cross-country skier. She is a five-time medalist at the World Championships, and is currently ranked no. 19 in the world by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM). She is also the daughter of István Gyenesei, former Minister of Local Government and chairman of the Association for Somogy party.
The modern pentathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will take place from 6 to 8 August 2020 at Musashino Forest Sports Plaza and Ajinomoto Stadium.
Max Esposito is an Australian modern pentathlete. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's event. He was the youngest athlete in the race and finished seventh. Esposito has also competed in one Youth Olympic Games and one World Modern Pentathlon Championships.
Charles Fernandez is a Guatemalan modern pentathlete. He competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's event and finished fifteenth. Fernandez won the men's modern pentathlon at the 2015 Pan American Games. He also won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships. Fernandez has competed in three World Modern Pentathlon Championships as well as multiple youth and junior world championships and a Central American and Caribbean Games.
Modern pentathlon at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics was held from 12 to 16 October. The events took place at the Parque Polideportivo Roca and Tecnópolis in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
South African Modern Pentathlon Association (SAMPA) is the governing body for the sport of modern pentathlon in South Africa recognised by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM). Modern pentathlon of the current era is an Olympic sport that is made up of five events: fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping, and a final combined event involving laser pistol shooting, and cross-country running.
Modern pentathlon competitions at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru are scheduled to be held between July 27th and 30th, 2019 at the Military School of Chorrillos.
The Modern Pentathlon Federation of India (MPFI) is the national governing body for the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon in India.
Tomáš Svoboda is a professional Czech triathlete and aquathlete. He won gold at the 2015 ETU European Aquathlon Championships, and is two time UIPM biathle World Champion Tomáš is the twin brother of David Svoboda, 2012 Olympic Champion in the sport of Modern Pentathlon.