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Sub-Sports

Sub-sports of Modern Pentathlon include Laser-Run, Biathle, and Triathle. Each of these sub-sports has its own World Championships. For example, the next Biathle/Triathle World Championships and the next Laser-Run World Championships will likely be held in Weiden, Germany in 2021.

Laser-Run

Laser-Run is a stand alone competition that comprises a combination of two of the five events of Modern Pentathlon–running and laser pistol shooting. More specifically, Laser-Run consists of multiple running and shooting sequences, with distances varying based on the category of the event, the type of the event (individual or mixed-relay), and the age of the competitors in the event.

World Rankings

The UIPM tracks a season World Ranking (WR) per age category for Laser-Run that counts up to five Category A, B, or C competitions among the best results of the athlete during the season.

Category A events are the highest level of competition. They include the UIPM Laser Run World Championships (LRWCH). For example, the UIPM 2019 LRWCH were held in Budapest Hungary on September 2, 2019.

Category B events include Continental Championships (CC), Regional, and National Laser-Run Competitions. For example, in 2019, the USA National Laser-Run Championships were held on June 23 in San Antonio, TX.

Category C events include UIPM Global Laser Run City Tours (GLRCT). For example, the Davis Laser Run was held on June 1, 2019; it was the only GLRCT event held on U.S. soil in 2019.

Competition Sequences

The shortest running and shooting sequence (used for competitors under age 9) is 2 x 200 meters and 2 x 5 hits (at a three-meter target distance). The longest running and shooting sequence (used for competitors from ages 15-39) is 4 x 800 and 4 x 5 hits (at a 10-meter target distance).

Therefore, the shortest total run is 400 meters and the longest total run is 3200 meters. Note: during the shooting sequence, if a competitor does not achieve the required 5 hits within 50 seconds, the competitor is commanded to GO anyway. Thus, at worst, a competitor loses no more than 50 seconds per shooting sequence (exclusive of penalties).

These are the standard running and shooting sequences for LRWCH (Elite), CC, Regional, and National Competitions (see section 1.2.4.1 of the 2019-2020 UIPM Laser Run Competition Guidelines).

These are the standard running and shooting sequences for LRWCH (Open) and GLRCT competitions (see section 1.2.4.2 of the 2019-2020 UIPM Laser Run Competition Guidelines):

Role in Modern Pentathlon

In addition to being a standalone event, Laser-Run is also the last event of Modern Pentathlon, with competitors starting with staggered start times based on their score in points after the completion of the other three events (swimming, fencing, and equestrian). A difference of 1 pentathlon point equates to 1 second in running. The pentathlete with the most points is the first to start. Therefore, the first person to cross the finish line of the Laser-Run event is the winner of the Modern Pentathlon event.

Biathle

UIPM Biathle combines running and swimming.

Categories

There are two UIPM Biathle categories, each awarding different numbers of points toward the UIPM Biathle World Ranking of athletes based on their placement within the competition:

Category A: UIPM Biathle-Triathle World Championships, Continental Championships, Multiesport Games.

Category B: Regional Competitions, UIPM Biathle National Tour

Competition Sequences

Age groups and sequence of events for UIPM Biathle are as follows (see section 1.5.1 of the 2018 UIPM Biathle/Triathle Competition Rules as of January 1, 2018):

Triathle

UIPM Triathle combines shooting, swimming, and running.

Categories

There are two UIPM Triathle categories, each awarding different numbers of points toward the UIPM Triathle World Ranking of athletes based on their placement within the competition:

Category A: UIPM Biathle-Triathle World Championships, Continental Championships, Multiesport Games.

Category B: Regional Competitions, UIPM Biathle National Tour

Competition Sequences

Age groups and sequence of events for UIPM Triathle are as follows (see section 1.5.1 of the 2018 UIPM Biathle/Triathle Competition Rules as of January 1, 2018):