hep·​tath·​lon | \ hep-ˈtath-lən How to pronounce heptathlon (audio) , -ˌlän, nonstandard -ˈta-thə- \

Definition of heptathlon

: a 7-event athletic contest specifically : a composite contest for female athletes that consists of the 100-meter hurdles, the high jump, the shot put, the 200-meter dash, the long jump, the javelin throw, and the 800-meter run

Examples of heptathlon in a Sentence

She won a gold medal in the heptathlon.
Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise, acton begins at 12:30 p.m. PDT with the heptathlon long jump. oregonlive.com, "Shouldn’t USATF find a way to fill the stadium for a national championship? Oregon track & field rundown," 28 July 2019 Boone was recruited to Boise State as a javelin thrower and also competed in the heptathlon in college. oregonlive, "Portland Fire Chief Sara Boone climbing historic ladders," 29 Nov. 2019 Bougard wasn’t concerned about any sort of fallout after completing the first four of seven heptathlon events in a competition spread out over two days. Washington Post, "US heptathlete gay pride shoe flaps in Qatar," 3 Oct. 2019 Griffin got engaged to Grete, a 26-year-old Estonian track athlete who competes in the heptathlon, in May 2017. Justin Curto, PEOPLE.com, "Robert Griffin III and Wife Grete Welcome 'Healthy and Perfect' Daughter Gameya," 25 Sep. 2019 Mother Candi, who home schools Coco to accommodate her training and travel schedule, was a two-time Florida prep heptathlon champion who went on to excel at Florida State as both a heptathlete and hurdler. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Tennis sensation Coco Gauff embraces Michelle Obama's advice for the U.S. Open and beyond," 22 Aug. 2019 Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s world record in the heptathlon has stood for 31 years. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "The World’s Fastest (Old) Man," 10 July 2019 At the NCAA Division 2 Championships held in Kingsville, Texas, the 5-foot-11-inch Jones soared to a sixth-place finish in the heptathlon with 5,070 points, the best placement in program history. Alex Bensley, BostonGlobe.com, "Keeping track of a record-setting career for Arlington’s Abby Jones at Assumption," 27 June 2019 There are 10 events listed — 100-meter dash, 200, 800, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin, and heptathlon, for her stellar four-year career as a Greyhound. Alex Bensley, BostonGlobe.com, "Keeping track of a record-setting career for Arlington’s Abby Jones at Assumption," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of heptathlon

1977, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heptathlon

hept- + -athlon (as in decathlon)

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“Heptathlon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heptathlon. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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: an athletic contest for women that consists of seven running, jumping, and throwing events

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