So the last couple nights I have been watching some on demand Olympics. Last night was more of the standard bearer sports of swimming and track and the enjoyable women’s rugby sevens final. Today was the more obscure sports of archery, shooting and especially modern pentathlon.
The Comcast on demand had a men’s archery final and a men’s skeet shooting final but sadly not the women’s event. And for modern pentathlon they only had highlights.
Luckily I had the NBC Sports app downloaded and I was able to watch the incredibly fun running and shooting final of modern pentathlon. It’s an odd combination, fencing, 200m freestyle swimming, show jumping and then a biathalon without skis.
So the final race is a 3200 meter run in 4 800 meter circuits with a laser shoot where you have to hit the target 5 times or wait 50 seconds near the beginning of each 800m circuit.
This part of the event was pretty awesome. You get advantages on points from the first three events, seems like the show jumping faults can make a huge difference. Each point advantage gives you a second headstart on the run and shoot.
I personally would enjoy the run or even walk and shoot on a track. Either just a mile with shooting on every lap or an 800m cross country circuit.
I have to admit fencing always intrigued me. I have always loved the water, even if I dove terribly. Show jumping never interested me at all. But I think you could have just a swim, run and shoot and see how it goes.
The run and shoot event is kind of awesome. I will have to watch the women’s event tomorrow. Go modern pentathlon, especially the final event.
And I would love to watch some more archery too.