Definition of heptathlon in English:

heptathlon

Line breaks: hept|ath¦lon
Pronunciation: /hɛpˈtaθlɒn
 
, -lən/

noun

An athletic event, in particular one for women, in which each competitor takes part in the same prescribed seven events (100 metres hurdles, high jump, shot-put, 200 metres, long jump, javelin, and 800 metres).
More example sentences
  • Last year, she had two no-jumps in the long jump during the heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships.
  • Synchronized swimming was held for the first time; other Olympic debuts were women's 400 meters hurdles and the heptathlon, replacing the pentathlon.
  • ‘It's very rare in the heptathlon for an athlete to produce seven great events,’ she said.

Origin

1970s: from hepta- 'seven' + Greek athlon 'contest', on the pattern of words such as decathlon.

Derivatives

heptathlete

noun
More example sentences
  • It could be that Shannan will become a pentathlete or a heptathlete, but she may decide to specialise in the sprints or on middle-distance.
  • Originally a heptathlete, Dragila tried pole vaulting for the first time at age 23.
  • Her twin sister Lindsay, a former heptathlete at Brown University, now competes in pole vault and finished eighth at 2004 Trials.

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