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Racketlon, the racket-sport cousin of the decathlon, is still a fairly new concept.
Others grow out of an academic decathlon in Washington, D.C. (Spidey atop the Washington Monument recalls King Kong atop the Empire State Building), and a bifurcated transit of the Staten Island Ferry.
Troy was the cool, star basketball player and Gabriella was the new, bookish girl on the scholastic decathlon team.
Shakespeare’s King Lear is the theatrical equivalent of an Olympic decathlon.
The Associated Press declared Jim Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation who competed in decathlons and played football, among other sports, the greatest athlete in the world for the first 50 years of the 20th century.
Richard Heathcote/GettyImages The Croatian comes from a sporty family, his dad is the current national decathlon record holder and his brother is a two-time high jump world champion and has picked up an Olympic silver medal and bronze.
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.
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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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