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Did you know you can bet on the modern pentathlon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics? Can you even name the events that make up the modern pentathlon?
If you can't, just think of the modern pentathlon as a triathlon that trades a bike for a horse and also involves weaponry. The competition features five events — fencing, swimming, equestrian show jumping and a laser run, which includes four legs of laser pistol shooting followed by 800 meters of running.
The competition is held over the course of a single day and each competitor faces the other head-to-head in the fencing event. In the show jumping portion of the competition, competitors don’t know which horse they will have until shortly before the event.
The women’s event is first and begins at 12:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 6. Great Britain’s Kate French is the favorite at BetMGM at +325. She won the 2021 Pentathlon World Cup final in Hungary in May after first- and second-place finishes in previous competitions. She was ranked as the No. 3 pentathlete in the world ahead of her World Cup win and finished fifth at the 2016 Olympics.
The No. 2 favorite is 2021 world champion Anastasiya Prokopenko at +450. Prokopenko beat out France’s Elodie Clouvel (+1400) and Hungary’s Michelle Gulyas (+650) at the World Modern Pentathlon Championships in June in Egypt.
French is -135 to finish in the top three while Prokopenko is at +110 to win a medal.
The women’s field is extremely competitive. Five women have odds of +700 or better and nine have odds at +1600 or better. Anyone not on the board at BetMGM has odds of +550.
Britain’s Joe Choong is the favorite on the men’s side at +350. That final begins at the same time on Aug. 7. He won silver at the 2018 World Championships and also failed to win a medal in Rio. Neither Choong or French competed at the World Championships in June.
World champion Adam Marosi of Hungary is at +1400 and the No. 5 favorite on the men’s side behind Choong, Valentin Prades (+400), Valentin Belaud (+6500) and Woongtae Jun (+800). Alexander Lifanov was second to Marosi in June and he’s at +1600 while third-place finisher Ahmed Elgendy is at +1400.
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