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.

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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 Hannah Rusnak breaks the Washington school heptathlon record with a ninth-place finish. oregonlive.com, "All in all, a good season for the UO women; big names in action tonight at L&C: Oregon track & field rundown," 9 June 2019 Nafissatou Thiam fights through an elbow injury to assume the world lead in the heptathlon. oregonlive.com, "On Jessica Hull’s decision and Allie Ostrander’s stand: Oregon track & field rundown," 24 June 2019 One of his cousins is Grete Sadeiko, who is training for the 2020 Summer Olympics in the heptathlon. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "From Scout to Stanford: Lake Forest's Kevin Lamp is the 2019 News-Sun and Pioneer Press Boys Volleyball Player of the Year," 14 June 2019 The decathlon runs Wednesday and Thursday, and the heptathlon is set for Friday and Saturday. oregonlive.com, "NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2019: Event schedule, TV channels, how to watch online, how to find results," 5 June 2019 George Fox athletes lead both the decathlon and heptathlon competition after the first day ofo the NWC Multis. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Alberto Salazar dishes on Galen Rupp, Jordan Hasay as Boston looms: Oregon track & field rundown," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of heptathlon

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

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