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The Quadrathlon?

Uh...right...

Uh...right...

One of the silliest Olympic events gets just a bit sillier:

Almost from its inception in 1912 as an Olympic sport — an eclectic combination of pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse jumping and running — the modern pentathlon has seemed somewhat less than modern.

And now it is about to become something less than a pentathlon.

Shooting and running will be combined into a single event, a new final exam of intermittent focus and endurance. But modern pentathlon — derived from Greek, combining five (penta) and contest (athlon) — has no plans to change its name to tetrathlon.

Ah yes, that natural combination — shooting and running.  Just replace the baton with a gun and keep on running.

(image from flickr user robertodevido under a Creative Commons license)

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November 27, 2008 - Posted by | Sports |

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