hep·​tath·​lon | \hep-ˈtath-lən, -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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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 Henry, who won the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Outdoor high jump championship, set four school records (indoor high jump, indoor pentathlon, outdoor high jump, outdoor heptathlon) during the 2018 indoor and outdoor seasons. William Wilkerson, star-telegram, "Meet Alexus Henry, the first woman to ever win a national title at UTA," 11 June 2018 Last month, Atherley was named the ACC Women’s Field MVP after winning individual titles in both the heptathlon and the high jump and helping the Hurricanes win the 4x400-meter relay. Christy Cabrera Chirinos, Sun-Sentinel.com, "UM heptathlete Michelle Atherley bounces back from knee injury to earn a spot in NCAA Outdoor Nationals," 6 June 2018 The women’s heptathlon was won by senior Tyanna Petty of the University of Rio Grande in Ohio with 4,686 points. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "Ken Mullings wins Penn Relays decathlon, helping put University of Bahamas on the map," 25 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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: an athletic contest for women that consists of seven running, jumping, and throwing events

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