— Published 26 April 2021

A third and final test before Paris 2024

The International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) took a new pawn in its process of reforming the format of Olympic competitions at the Paris 2024 Games. It held its third and final test event last weekend in Budapest. Nearly sixty athletes (36 men and 21 women), from ten different countries, experienced, from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th of April, the very innovative formula proposed for the 2024 Games. They plan to compete in the five disciplines of the modern pentathlon in just 90 minutes, on the same ground, the swimming, fencing, horse-riding and laser-run (combined run-shoot) courses having been separated by only 120 meters in Budapest. The test event in the Hungarian capital was the latest in a series of three in two years, following tests last year in Budapest and Cairo. The new Olympic formula will be submitted for validation at the UIPM congress, scheduled for next November, before being proposed to the IOC.