hep·​tath·​lete | \ hep-ˈtath-ˌlēt How to pronounce heptathlete (audio) \

Definition of heptathlete

: an athlete who competes in a heptathlon

Examples of heptathlete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Johnson went from being a basketball star to a top heptathlete in track and field, competing at Arizona State. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 23 June 2022 The Indiana University heptathlete and pentathlete won six Big Ten championships and was the NCAA runner-up in the 1990 pentathlon. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 23 June 2022 The senior heptathlete closed out competition strong, winning the 800m by over four seconds at 2:08.59 to jump into eighth place in the heptathlon with 5,692 points. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 June 2022 University of Arkansas heptathlete Ayden Owens, who won the 2022 NCAA indoor title this month, was named the National Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Nwa Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, 22 Mar. 2022 Anna competed as a heptathlete at the University of Arkansas while Cooper played football at Eastern Washington. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 13 Feb. 2022 Her former Pike coach, DeDee Nathan, an Olympic heptathlete, traveled from North Carolina to be here. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Sep. 2021 On Wednesday, British heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson fell on the track after injuring her right calf during a 200-meter race at the Tokyo Olympics. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Former British heptathlete Kelly Sotherton, who won a bronze in heptathlon at Athens 2004 and another for the 4 x 400-meter relay at Beijing 2008, told CNN Sport that her medals are a reminder of how her hard work and effort paid off. Joshua Berlinger And Adam Renton, CNN, 1 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of heptathlete

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heptathlete

blend of heptathlon and athlete

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“Heptathlete.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heptathlete. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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