29 Weeks of British Olympic and Paralympic sports – Week 19: Modern Pentathlon

The Modern Pentathlon coin was designed by Daniel Brittain.

Modern Pentathlon 50p coin design from The Royal Mint

As ever, we challenged Daniel with three questions of Olympic proportions!

1) Have you seen your coin ‘in the wild’ yet?

Yes but only the one, my sister found it in her till at work and brought it home for me (swapped it with a normal 50p of course), so in theory yes, but not actually received one in my change yet, I will keep on trying.

2) Have you heard what the British team think about it?

Not the British team but the team behind the official Modern Pentathlon website (pentathlon.org) recently tweeted me and said they thought the coin design was great and put a story on their website, so hopefully from there it will trickle down to the British team.

3) What are you looking forward to in 2012?

Work side, we have some very big projects currently in the studio at the design agency where I work so hopefully they will all go well. Also I’ve got a few personal projects, which are currently in the “is this possible” stage.

Sport side, well luckily we have one of those years when the sport just doesn’t stop. So really looking forward to the Euros’ in June, then of course the Olympics in July (which unfortunately I won’t be attending, I did try) and a good mix of Formula One in-between. And to top it all off a holiday to the states!

If you want to find out more about Daniel, visit his website www.danielbrittain.com

About Modern Pentathlon

The following information is taken from the Pentathlon GB website which has a wealth of information on the sport’s history as well as news and events

“The Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon comprises the contemporary sports of pistol shooting, fencing, swimming, horse riding and running. The sport was introduced at the 1912 Olympics by the founder of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, and embraced the spirit of the Pentathlon of the ancient Greek Games, where the five sports were running, jumping, javelin, discus and wrestling.

The choice of the five diverse and unrelated sports that make up the Modern Pentathlon arose out of the romantic, tough adventures of a liaison officer whose horse was brought down in enemy territory. Having defended himself with his pistol and sword, he swims across a raging river and delivers the message on foot.

Since the sport was created it has undergone many changes in format. Originally taking place over 5 days the sport changed to a one day format for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Women competed in the Olympics for the first time at Sydney in 2000. In 2008 the interational federation for Modern Pentathlon voted for the shooting and running to be combined and in 2010 the shooting format was changed from air pistols to laser shooting.”

Find out more about Modern Pentathlon

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Get the Modern Pentathlon 50p

Modern Pentathlon 50p from The Royal MintWe featured modern Pentathlon as one of the UK’s 29 official London 2012 50p designs!

You can buy the Modern Pentathlon 50p from The Royal Mint website.