In 2008, the UIPM Congress passed a motion to change the competition format of the Modern Pentathlon to combine the shoot and run disciplines. This is now known as the "combined event" and is the final event of the day's competition. In the individual competition for men and women at Senior, Junior, and Youth A levels, athletes start with a handicap start, approx. 25m run, to a shooting range where they are required to hit 5 targets (time limit 50" for youth) before beginning a 800m run. This is repeated 3 further times for a total of 20 targets and 3200m run. Two thousand (2000) Pentathlon points are awarded for a time of 12.30 minutes. Each second faster or slower than the prescribed time is worth +/-4 points. The combined event is also included in relay competitions in teams of 2 or 3 pentathletes. However, the format differs slightly in that only 2 series of the course are repeated (5 Targets down (time limit 50" for youth); 800m run; 5 Targets down (time limit 50" for youth); 800m run) for each of the pentathletes. For team of 3 athletes, 2000 points are awarded for a time 25.00 minutes. Each second faster or slower than the prescribed time is worth +/-4 points. For team of 2 athletes, 2000 points are awarded for a time 17.00 minutes. Each second faster or slower than the prescribed time is worth +/-4 points.
Within the combined event the shooting takes place with an completely safe and environmentally friendly laser pistol, fired at a target from a distance of 10 metres. The Shooting competition is in 4 series; each series consists of hitting 5 targets with an unlimited number of shots in a maximum time of 50" for youth on a target of dimension 59.5mm. If after 50" one or more targets have not been hit (or the athlete did not hit 5 times the valid zone), the pentathlete can start on the running leg without being penalized. Only after having hit 5 targets using an unlimited number of shots in the time limit of 50" can the pentathlete start from the shooting station to perform the first running leg of 800m. After the first leg, the pentathletes return to their shooting stations, where they must reset their target, (only the pentathlete is authorised to reset their target) and then start the second shooting series that consists of hitting 5 targets using an unlimited number of shots but in the time limit of 50". The pentathlete repeats the same procedure for the second shooting series and second running leg of 800m. After the fourth shooting series the pentathletes perform the fourth and final running leg of 800m to the finish line.
The combined event uses electronic targets which consist of one black single aim and 5 green/red lamps indicators.
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