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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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 Erica Bougard wins the heptathlon at the Multistars Trofeo Zerneri Acciai in Florence with 6,327 points. OregonLive.com, "Comment about opponents of Hayward reconstruction is unfair: Oregon track & field rundown," 29 Apr. 2018 Action begins today at 11:30 a.m. with the heptathlon long jump. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "UO women make a last title push at 'historic' Hayward Field: Oregon track & field rundown," 9 June 2018 Georgia Ellenwood wins the heptathlon and Zach Ziemek the decathlon at the Bryan Clay Invitational. OregonLive.com, "Too early to count out the Ducks for the outdoor championships: Oregon track & field rundown," 20 Apr. 2018 Portland State's Kristen O'Handley surges into first place after the first day of the Big Sky heptathlon; PSU's Donte Robinson is second midway through the decathlon. OregonLive.com, "Details about the new Hayward Field remain as clear as mud: Oregon track & field rundown," 9 May 2018 The first non-heptathlon event is the high jump at 3 p.m. ESPN coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNNews, and 4 p.m. on ESPN. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "UO women make a last title push at 'historic' Hayward Field: Oregon track & field rundown," 9 June 2018 The Bulldogs will have Keturah Orji in the triple jump — as sure a bet as there is; Lynna Irby in the 400 and 200; Louisa Grauvogel, who leads the heptathlon after the first day; and Tatiana Gusin in the high jump. Joe Fleming, USA TODAY, "USC racks up records at NCAA track championships, Georgia wins men's team title," 9 June 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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