The Military Pentathlon has its origin in military training.
The top priority was the challenge of producing effective fighters
with new training methods.
Changing the regulations and improving the competition sites
and the equipment, has resulted in a type of sport that does not
need to fear competition with civilian polyathletic competitions.
Considering the many-sided demands made on the competitors, the
Military Pentathlon is without doubt a prominent one amongst
polyathletic competitions. It is comparable with the Decathlon, the
Modern Pentathlon or the Triathlon.
- concentration and strong nerves for the rifle shooting
(especially 10 shoots in 1 minute!)
- the ability, to tolerate an enormous muscle hyperacidity
as it is the case with the 800 m runners; and also the
take-off-power, agility and last but not least courage and the
will to take risks in the 500m obstacle race,
- precise micromotoric and the ability to concentrate
totally at precision throwing and the explosive power that a
javelin thrower needs for the long distance throw
- above average endurance and willpower at the final 8000m
- makes great demands on the sportsmotoric ability,
concentration and the competitors psychomoral.
of explanation here are some comparisons:
- Successful marksmen in the Military Pentathlon get results
up to 590 and more rings in the English Match (where 600 is the
- The best runners in the obstacle race are able to cover
800 m in approx. 1:50 minutes.
- The best time of the best obstacle swimmer in the 100 m
freestyle competition is around 54 seconds.
- For a successful thrower in Military Pentathlon distances
with a javelin between 65-75 m are realistic, provided they have
good technical training.
- If one wants to establish himself at the top in the 8000 m
Cross-country race, it is necessary to have a best time of 14:30
minutes for 5000 m on the track.
The best performances in the five disciplines rise
continuously with regard to the athletic ability of the competitors
each year. Improvements are especially noticeable in the long
distance throwing, obstacle race and the endurance of the
competitors. However the winner will not be the specialist in one or
two disciplines, but only the perfect polyathlete, who reaches the
highest possible performance in all five