Athletics Pentathlon at the Olympics

At the Ancient Olympics there was a pentathlon event which involved a combination of five separate disciplines: Discus, Javelin, Jump, Running, and Wrestling. When the Olympic Games were revived, Pierre de Coubertin was keen to include a pentathlon event.

Over the years, several variations of the pentathlon have been included in the Olympic Games program. The modern pentathlon is the only one which is still held today.

In 1906 there was a pentathlon event introduced to the track and field program. This event comprised the standing long jump, ancient discus, 192-meter run, javelin, Greco-Roman Wrestling.

From 1912 until 1924, the events comprising the athletics pentathlon was changed to long jump, javelin, 200-meter run, discus, and 1500-meter run.

An athletics pentathlon event for women was introduced at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, featuring the 80 metres hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump, and 200 metres. In 1976 and 1980 the format changed from 80 to 100 metres hurdles, and 200 to 800 metres. The event was discontinued in 1984, when it was replaced by the heptathlon.

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