Laser guns at the Olympics!

The London Olympics are going to be amazing. If you need proof, how about this:

'Laser guns will replace traditional air pistols in the modern pentathlon at the 2012 London Olympics after a successful trial at the inaugural Youth Olympics,' the BBC reports.

We reckon the innate awesomeness of laser guns makes this one a no-brainer, but apparently there are actually also practical reasons for it: 'The technology will reduce the cost of the shooting element of the five-event sport by two thirds, while the improved safety could mean new venues are used. Klaus Schormann, president of world governing body the UIPM, said: 'We can now hold competitions in parks and shopping malls.''

You heard him - there are going to be laser gun shooting competitions in shopping malls.

And that's not all! Apparently, 'The switch to laser technology is the second major alteration to the sport since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Modern pentathlon has already merged its two final events, running and shooting, to create a combined run-shoot finale.'

To recap, then, at the London Olympics athletes will be running around the Westfield shopping centre shooting laser guns.

We're so happy right now.

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