Competition in the second stop of the modern pentathlon World Cup circuit will begin Monday in Claremont and Pomona with women’s qualifying.

Olympic silver medalist Elodie Clouvel of France will be among the athletes competing for the 36 spots in Wednesday’s final. Clouvel won the season-opening World Cup competition in Cairo March 2.

The 12 Americans in the field include Isabella Isaksen, who was 24th in the 2016 Olympic women’s modern pentathlon.

The modern pentathlon consists of fencing, swimming, riding and the laser-run, where the athletes seek to hit a target five times from 10 meters with a laser pistol before running each of the four 800-meter laps. An athlete failing to hit the target five times within 50 seconds is allowed to continue, but his or her hopes of a medal are gone.

The athlete with the most points through the first three events starts the laser-run first, with the rest of the field starting one second later for each point he or she is behind. The system assures the athlete crossing the finish line first wins the overall competition.

Riding is not included in qualifying.

The modern pentathlon was invented in 1909 by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, as a test of the skills required by 19th century cavalry soldiers. It has been held in each Summer Olympics since 1912.

Monday’s competition begins at 8 a.m. with one group of fencers competing at Fairplex’s Expo Hall 8. The swimming portion will be held at The Claremont Club at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon.

The second group of fencers will compete at 11 a.m. in Hall 8. The laser-runs will be held at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the infield of Fairplex’s Grandstand, best known as the Los Angeles County Fair’s concert venue.

The five-day event also includes the men’s qualifying Tuesday and final Thursday and the mixed relay competition Friday. The men’s and women’s finals and the mixed relay competition will be streamed on UIPM TV, the video service of modern pentathlon’s international governing body.

Fairplex was awarded the U.S. stop on modern pentathlon World Cup circuit annually from 2017-2020 in 2015. The 2020 event will serve as the U.S. Olympic Trials.

“Fairplex is an excellent venue for our sport and we hope to have many more top-level competitions here in the future,” UIPM President Klaus Schormann said last week.

Modern pentathlon in the 2028 Olympics is scheduled to be held at StubHub Center in Carson.

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