Definition of decathlon
: a 10-event athletic contest; specifically : a composite contest that consists of the 100-meter, 400-meter, and 1500-meter runs, the 110-meter high hurdles, the javelin and discus throws, shot put, pole vault, high jump, and long jump
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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.
Williams' brother, Devon, earned a spot in the decathlon earlier at nationals.
Among the other finals today are the woman's high jump, men's triple jump, the decathlon, and the men's and women's 5,000s.
The biggest hump for me was making the decision to do the decathlon.
The two-Olympic champ, two-time world champ and decathlon world recordholder hung up his spikes (and pole, and discus, and shot and javelin) after Rio.
Cook coached Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado to a 1-2 finish in the Pac-12 decathlon this year, and guided six-time All-American Dakotah Keys.
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Did You Know?
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
French décathlon, from déca- deca- + -athlon (as in pentathlon)
First Known Use: 1910See Words from the same year
DECATHLON Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of decathlon for English Language Learners
: a sports contest for men that consists of 10 different events
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