Air pistols are used to fire 20 shots at centre fire targets at a range of 10 m. The athletes have 40 seconds to fire each shot at a target of 155 mm in diameter. The target is made up of concentric rings ranging from one point on the outside to 10 points for a bulls-eyes. Rings one to six are on a white background and rings seven to ten are on a black background. Targets are changed after each shot and a score of 172 out of a possible 200 is worth 1,000 Pentathlon points. Every target point above or below 172 is worth plus or minus 12 Pentathlon points.
Athletes fence every other competitor with epee swords for one hit within a time limit of one minute. If a hit is not scored within the time, both competitors register a defeat. The target area is the whole body and hits are registered via an electronic tip at the end of the sword. A total score of 70% victories equals 1,000 points with the value of each hit worth 28 points.
The swimming event is a free-style race over 200 m for men and women with athletes seeded in heats according to their personal best time. A time of 2 minutes 30 seconds for men and 2 minutes 40 seconds for women earns 1000 Pentathlon Points. Every 3/10 of second above or below this time is equal to plus or minus four points, thus the value of each swimming second is worth 12 points.
The athletes ride unfamiliar horses over show-jumping obstacles of up to 120 cm in height and 150 cm in spread including one double and one triple. The track is between 350-450 m in length. Athletes pick their horses by lot and have 20 minutes and five practice fences for warm-up. Competitions start with 1,200 points and lose 28 points for knockdowns, 40 points for refusal or disobedience to jump, 40 points for falling off and 4 points per second for being over the standard time. If the round takes longer than double the standard time (for instance 2 min. 18 sec. for a 400 m course) the competitor is eliminated and scores zero point.
The athletes run over a cross-country or road course which is 3,000 m in length for men and women. Competitors at Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cups are set off at intervals which correspond in seconds to the Pentathlon points difference between themselves and the athlete in front. The running event has in this way, a "chase" start. During qualifying events, a pack start is also possible. A time of 10 minutes for men and 11 minutes 20 seconds for women earns 1,000 Pentathlon Points. Every half-second above or below this standard will gain or lose 2 points.
Recklessy swiped from UIPM Website.
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