USA Pentathlon

Youth Olympic Games Underway in Singapore

Aug. 15, 2010, 1:39 p.m. (ET)

The inaugural Youth Olympic Games kicked off competition on Sunday, Aug. 15. The modern pentathlon events will begin on Saturday, Aug. 21 with the women's competition, followed by the men's competition on Aug. 22 and the mixed relay event on Aug. 24.
 
The U.S. delegation includes Anna Olesinski (Roswell, N.M.) in the women's events and Nathan Schrimsher (Roswell, N.M.) in the men's competition.
 
The Youth Olympic Games programming will air daily at 2 p.m. ET and be repeated at midnight ET from August 15-27. The show will feature all 26 sports contended over the 13-day duration of the Youth Olympic Games. Universal Sports’ show will feature highlights, news and information based on the day’s events. There will also be VOD highlights available on www.universalsports.com.

The IOC has also created a site http://youtholympicgames.org/ for webcasts both live and on demand.
 

Competition format - Modern Pentathlon 

The programme of Modern Pentathlon at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games will be represented by the following three events: Girls’ Individual, Boys’ Individual and Mixed Relay.
 
Each event consists of four of the five Modern Pentathlon disciplines: fencing, swimming, running and shooting. Pentathletes achieve points in each discipline according to their performance.
 
The last event is the Combined Event Run/Shoot with a handicap start based on the pentathletes’ total points from the first two events. Pentathletes set off at intervals which correspond in seconds to the Pentathlon point’s difference between themselves and the athlete in front. The first athlete across the finish line wins the gold medal.
 
The Combined Event Run/Shoot is a new format which came into force only on 1 January 2009.
 
Modern Pentathlon competitions are organised as one day events where it is recommended that all disciplines take place at one site and within walking distance of each other.
 
The Youth Olympic Games Competition is organised over four days. The individual events (Girls then Boys) will be followed by a Mixed Relay training day. The Mixed Relay competition day will take place on the fourth day.
 
INDIVIDUAL EVENTS
 
Fencing
 
Each athlete will fence against all other athletes with an electric épée 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. All pentathletes will be grouped in the fencing pairs (2 athletes in a pair). The draw of the fencing pairs and assignment of the pistes for each individual event will be made by the Event Delegates before the Technical Meeting for the individual events. The fencing pairs will be placed on the six pistes (plus one reserve piste) as defined by UIPM rules.
 
Swimming
 
The swimming discipline is a 200 metres freestyle race. Athletes will be seeded into one of three heats according to their personal best time achieved in the last 12 months in the same discipline. Start list for the swimming of individual events will be made before the Technical Meeting for the individual events.
 
Combined Event Running and Shooting
 
The pentathlete with the most points after 2 disciplines starts first in the Combined Event Running and Shooting. The remaining athletes start with time handicaps (one second for every four Modern Pentathlon points after two MP disciplines).
The Combined Event Running and Shooting consists of approximately. 20m run; first shooting (5 targets to be shot within time limit of 90 seconds); 1000m run; second shooting (5 targets to be shot within time limit of 90 seconds); 1000m run, third shooting (5 targets to be shot within time limit of 90 seconds); 1000m run. Non-ammunition weapons and electronic targets will be used in the shooting. The athletes will be ranked according to their arrival at the finish.
 
MIXED RELAY EVENT (TEAM OF 2 PENTATHLETES)
 
Mixed Relay event allows up to 24 relay teams on two competitors to compete in a one-day format. Each relay team is made up of one girl and one boy who participated in the individual competition. The teams will be set by a draw held after the Boys Individual competition. If there are different number of girls and boys (for example due to injury), the number of girls or boys will be trimmed by pre-draw. The girl team member will start first in every discipline.
 
Fencing
 
Each relay team will fence against all remaining relay teams with an electric épée. Athletes fence the same gender competitor. If there are 24 teams, each team will fence 23 matches or 92 bouts where each athlete will fence 46 bouts. Duration of a bout is maximum one minute. If a hit (touch) is not scored within the time, both competitors register a defeat. The target area is the whole body. All relay teams will be grouped in the fencing pairs (2 relay teams in a pair). The draw of the fencing pairs and assignment of the pistes for Mixed Relay will be made by the UIPM Event Delegates before the Technical Meeting for the Mixed Relay event. The fencing pairs will be placed on the six pistes plus one reserve piste as defined by UIPM rules.
 
Swimming
 
The swimming event is a freestyle 2 x 100 metres relay race. The girl team member starts first. Teams will be seeded into one of three heats according to their total of two personal best times achieved by each athlete in the last 12 months in 100m freestyle.
 
Combined Event Running and Shooting
 
The mixed relay team with the most points after 2 disciplines starts first in the Combined Event Running and Shooting. The remaining mixed relays start with time handicaps (one second for every four Modern Pentathlon points after two MP disciplines. The girl starts first. The boy starts once his team mate has touched him on any part of his body within the hand-over zone. The course is composed of approximately 20m run; first shooting (5 targets to be shot within time limit of 90 seconds); 1000m run; second shooting (5 targets to be shot within time limit of 90 seconds); 1000m run; for each pentathlete. Non-ammunition weapons and electronic targets will be used in the shooting. The mixed relays will be ranked according to their arrival at the finish.
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