Bath Voice News: all set for the start of the Modern Pentathlon at Bath University – we just hope the rain holds off

The University of Bath is staging the 2023 UIPM Modern Pentathlon and Laser Run World Championships, from 19-28 August 2023.
The combined World Championships will see athletes qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, with the Modern Pentathlon Championship being contested in the new 90-minute format which will make its debut in Paris.
It will be the sixth time that Britain has hosted the games, the last occasion being in London in 2009, and the first time it has taken place at the University of Bath, home since 1998.
The Laser Run World Championships, staged as part of the week-long competition, will be taking place in Britain for the first time having been introduced as a sport in its own right in 2015.
All five pentathlon disciplines will once again take place at the Bath Sports Training Village. They are: fencing (one-touch épée), freestyle swimming, equestrian show jumping, pistol shooting, and cross country running.
Pentathlon GB is made up of 12 members who will also contest the relay events, with both the men’s and women’s titles being decided during an action-packed Family Day on Tuesday 22nd August, when all tickets are priced £5.
Spectators are will be able to watch demonstrations and discover the five disciplines for themselves at ‘give it a go’ taster sessions.
The name derives from the Greek péntathlon or “contest of five events”and was first seen in the 1912 Olympics.
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