[hep-tath-luh n, ‐lon]
- an athletic contest for women comprising seven different track-and-field events and won by the contestant amassing the highest total score.
Origin of heptathlon
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- an athletic contest for women in which each athlete competes in seven different events
C20: from hepta- + Greek athlon contest
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