de·​cath·​lete | \ di-ˈkath-ˌlēt How to pronounce decathlete (audio) \

Definition of decathlete

: an athlete who competes in the decathlon

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Isaiah Oliver played flag football, before attending to Brophy Prep and became an All-Arizona defensive back and a decathlete in track and field during his last year (2014-15) in high school. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Atlanta Falcons DB Isaiah Oliver returns to Brophy Prep to give back to kids," 12 July 2019 French decathlete Kevin Mayer is featured on the latest edition of the IAAF’s Inside Athletics., "Caster Semenya brings a healthy dose of drama to the Pre Classic: Oregon track & field rundown," 19 June 2019 Another bad break broke in the direction of Germantown Academy senior Kyle Garland, one of the nation’s top decathletes. Aaron Carter,, "Neumann-Goretti girls set 4×800 school record at Penn Relays," 27 Apr. 2018 Vlogger and decathlete Mitch Modin has some thoughts on the decathlon. Ken Goe,, "What if you held a meet and nobody outside the stadium noticed? Oregon track & field rundown," 22 May 2018 At Germantown Academy, senior Kyle Garland is one of the nation’s top decathletes and is scheduled to compete in the high jump and the 4×400 relay. Aaron Carter,, "Penn Relays to feature high school stars Tyrece Brown of Deptford and Thelma Davies of Girard College," 25 Apr. 2018 Thompson would find a new love with Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner, now known as Caitlyn Jenner. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Linda Thompson Just Posted a Rare Photo of Elvis Presley on Her Instagram," 22 Oct. 2018 Husband and wife, Arkansas decathlete Derek Jacobus and pole vaulter Lexi Jacobus both will be competing at the NCAA Championships LSU coach Dennis Shaver thinks the Tigers can be in the mix for women's team title. Ken Goe,, "One more time for magic to happen in 'historic' Hayward Field: Oregon track & field rundown," 6 June 2018 Ex-Oregon decathlete Mitch Modin vlogs about his return to competition. Ken Goe,, "Opponents of Hayward Field 2.0 haven't given up the fight: Oregon track & field rundown," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of decathlete

1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for decathlete

blend of decathlon and athlete

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