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Top athletes compete for spot on national pentathlon Olympic team in day 2 of qualifier at Cal Poly

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jan 19, 2020

Top athletes from across the country are in our Central Coast backyard this weekend vying for a spot at this summer's Olympic Games.

Over the past two days, Cal Poly has hosted the final national qualifying event for athletes competing in the modern pentathlon.

The pentathlon puts athletes through five different events: fencing, shooting, swimming, riding and cross-country running.

Up to 50 athletes will compete for a spot on the USA Pentathlon 2020 Olympic team this weekend. The women's events ended Saturday, and the men will compete Sunday.

The top four men and four women will go on to the World Cups to try to earn points for a ticket to Tokyo 2020. Only two will make it.

"You can't lose even if you don't make the team, it's a great journey so we're excited about the Olympic move and certainly about having the opportunity to have the games back in our own country," said Rob Stull, CEO of modern pentathlon.

Team USA said it's in talks with Cal Poly to develop a training site at the university ahead of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.

For more information on event times and locations, click here .