Definition of decathlon in English:

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decathlon

Pronunciation: /dɪˈkaθlɒn/
/dɪˈkaθlən/

noun

An athletic event taking place over two days, in which each competitor takes part in the same prescribed ten events (100 metres sprint, long jump, shot-put, high jump, 400 metres, 110 metres hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500 metres).
Example sentences
  • The Kazahkstan athlete leads the decathlon after seven events.
  • Steve Harris is a Senior Level 4 coach at the Barnet and District Athletics Club, coaching events in long jump, sprints, decathlon, discus and javelin.
  • ‘This Rover Initiative will help raise the profile of combined events and encourage more youngsters to take up the decathlon and heptathlon,’ added Campbell.

Derivatives

decathlete

Pronunciation: /dɪˈkaθliːt/
noun
Example sentences
  • United States decathlete Dan O'Brien won the event to avenge his disappointment for not making the Olympics four years earlier.
  • Bergvall, a former decathlete who has been her trainer since 1999, first spotted Klüft at her local sports club when she was 13.
  • The 26-year-old decathlete eased past the qualifying target of 7,700 points after two days of competition at the Hexham International Multi-Events competition.

Origin

Early 20th century: from deca- 'ten' + Greek athlon 'contest'.

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