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Shooting, running combined as modern pentathlon reduced from five to four events

Updated: June 20, 2012, 2:02 PM ET
Associated Press

MONTE CARLO, Monaco -- Modern pentathlon has been cut from five events to four in a bid to boost its popularity and stay in the Olympics.

The International Modern Pentathlon Union voted to combine pistol shooting and running into one discipline to create a shorter and more dynamic competition.

Klaus Schormann, president of the governing body, described the recent decision at the group's annual meeting in Guatemala as "one of the biggest in the history of modern pentathlon." The new ...

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