Sarasota-Bradenton Chosen to Host Pentathlon Events
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After visiting the Sarasota-Bradenton area, the secretary-general of Union International de Pentathlon Moderne, Shiny Fang, was ecstatic.
Shiny Fang and Rob Stull (three time Olympian) toured Nathan Benderson Park and the Selby Aquatic Center during their two-day stay here in the Sarasota-Bradenton area and were very pleased with what they found. “We selected Sarasota-Bradenton based on several strengths, including the broad degree of community involvement its bid conveyed,” Fang said. “Hosting the first Pentathlon World Cup Final in the United States in over 40 years is no minor effort — and I am impressed and excited by the enthusiastic community support I have seen during the last two days.”
This June 2014 Sarasota and Bradenton will make history. Winning this bid means that, for the very first time, the USA will host an Olympic qualifying event for a pentathlon. Our community will host three modern pentathlon events and a world cup final event for the 36 male and 36 female athletes.
What is a pentathlon?
A pentathlon is an event in which athletes compete in 5 different categories all in the same day with women and men each competing in their own classes. These five categories are: swimming, fencing, equestrian show jumping, shooting and running.
In addition to the traditional pentathlon events, the events hosted by Sarasota-Bradenton, Fang said, “…will also provide an ideal environment to debut the international Royal Pentathlon Club”. Of course, it wouldn’t be Bradenton-Sarasota without the culture and arts! This is why Katherine Harris, chairwoman for the pentathlon events in SWFL, is organizing with the Ringling College of Art and Design to have an arts festival during the events.
I don’t know about you, but times like this make me even more proud to be a member of this great community. Can’t wait until June!