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 In June, Lindsay Flach famously competed in the heptathlon Olympic trials with an 18-month baby bump. Halley Bondy, NBC News, 30 July 2021 The heptathlon's seven varied competitions – the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter sprint, long jump, javelin throw and 800-meter run – make the event one of the most taxing in track and field. Christian Ortega, USA TODAY, 29 June 2021 According to Yahoo Sports, Johnson-Thompson ruptured her Achilles tendon in December but managed to put on a commendable performance in the Olympic heptathlon, made up of seven track and field events. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Forty years before Xander made the U.S. Olympic team, Stefan had hoped to represent Germany in the heptathlon, but lost vision in one of his eyes after a car accident. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 4 Aug. 2021 His parents met in the 1980s at LSU, where Craig was an All-America pole vaulter and Helena competed in the heptathlon on the track team and played volleyball. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 3 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 Nathan, a 2000 Olympian in the heptathlon, coached Irby at Pike. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 29 July 2021 Ranked among the all-time greatest athletes in the heptathlon and the long jump, Joyner-Kersee won three gold medals at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games in Seoul and Barcelona. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 28 July 2021

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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 3 Dec. 2021.

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

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