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If Bolt and Farah were about farewells, the decathlon was about renewal in the wake of the retirement of two-time Olympic and world champion Ashton Eaton.
FIRST FIVE: With Ashton Eaton retired, a new decathlon champion will be crowned for the first time since 2011 at any world championship or Olympics.
As a fog of intolerance rolls over America, the timing feels especially right for a show like Drag Race — a cross-dressing decathlon with a punk-rock spirit — to take the big prize over perennial winners The Amazing Raceand The Voice.
Doing the decathlon now is an off-season thing for high school guys like me.
This was Avirgan’s dilemma for 30 for 30 Podcasts, which launched its first season in late June with an exploration of Reebok’s marketing build-up for 1992 Olympics, a campaign built around decathlon favorites Dan O’Brien and Dave Johnson.
During his sophomore year, Williams won the Big West decathlon title and also scored in the javelin and 110m hurdles at the conference final.
There was an African student who was seriously into his academic decathlon.
Throughout the movie Peter is crushing on Liz, one of his classmates and another academic decathlon team member.
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Decathlon from deca- and athlon, "contest", means "ten contests". The ancient Greek Olympics held five-contest competitions, or pentathlons, that were based on the skills needed in battle. The modern Olympic decathlon, which was born in 1912, consists of the 100-meter run, 400-meter run, 1500-meter run, 110-meter high hurdles, javelin throw, discus throw, shot put, pole vault, high jump, and long jump. The original winner was the legendary Jim Thorpe, who would later be judged the greatest American athlete of the 20th century. And ever since, the Olympic decathlon winner has been called the finest all-around athlete in the world.
Origin and Etymology of decathlon
First Known Use: 1910See Words from the same year
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