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Rio 2016 Olympics modern pentathlon: all you need to know – video explainer

For years the modern pentathlon took place over four or five days, until officials decided to ramp it up a notch – as of 1996, both the men’s and women’s events take place in one day. If you’re a fan of fencing, swimming, show jumping, running and shooting all crammed into one action-packed afternoon then this really is your sport – but what has a fictional soldier delivering a message got to do with it? As more than 70 athletes from 28 countries ready themselves for Friday’s (women) and Saturday’s (men) event, here’s everything you need to know about the modern pentathlon

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