For friends and family, I am posting information on how you can keep tabs on Graham as he competes at Modern Pentathlon Youth Worlds. There may even be live streaming opportunities.
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Modern Pentathlon Primer
Not to be confused with the track and field pentathlon event, modern pentathlon includes horse riding, swimming, running, fencing and shooting. But athletes usually start, from about the age of eight, by competing in events combining just two or three of those.
Modern Pentathlon was one of the original Olympic sports and was in the first Olympic Games in 1912; since then there have been some changes with the length of events and the number of days in a competition.
A pentathlon competition begins with epee fencing, with every athlete facing off against all other competitors once. Each fencing bout is "one-touch" against each adversary in which the person who gets the touch is awarded a victory and the opponent has a defeat. Each bout can last up to one minute; while that sounds short, it can be a long time when an athlete has to fence 30 or more people.
Swimming is a 200-meter freestyle and follows fencing.
Next is the equestrian stadium jumping event which consists of approximately 15 obstacles with jumps up to 4 feet high. Each competitor draws a random horse and has 20 minutes to warm up, including 5 practice jumps, in a different arena before completing the official course. The equestrian component will be not part of the Youth Worlds competition as it is reserved for the Junior (19-21 yo) and Senior (22 and over) categories. But Graham has been riding since November of 2015 to begin training for that next phase.
A combined running and shooting event is the final event. Athletes shoot at a laser target, needing to make five hits at 10 meters with a laser air pistol, then run an 800-meter course. This combination is completed four times, totaling a 3200 meter run and shooting 20 targets. The start of the combined is staggered based off the scores from the first three events. The athlete who crosses the finish line first is the winner, making for a very exciting end to the competition.
Youth Worlds Information
Location: The Youth A World Championships 2016 will take place in the University of Limerick on July 14 – 18. Limerick is six hours ahead of CST back in the States.
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