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What is a decathlon?
A decathlon is an athletic competition in which athletes compete in 10 different track-and-field events.
Decathlon events are usually spread out over multiple days (unlike endurance competitions such as triathlons, in which the events happen directly after one another).
Which events are in a decathlon?
The traditional modern decathlon includes the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, and 400-meter running race on the first day; and a 110-meter hurdles race, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1,500-meter running race the second day.
Athletes who compete in decathlons are called decathletes. They are often considered the world’s best all-around athletes due to their versatility and skill in multiple sports.
Example: Most athletes are specialists—devoting all of their training to a single sport—but competing in a decathlon requires mastery of multiple sports.
Where does decathlon come from?
The first records of the word decathlon come from the early 1900s. Decathlon comes from a combination of the prefix dec-, meaning “ten,” and the Greek term âthlon, which means “prize” or “contest” and is also the basis of the words athlete and athletics.
The modern decathlon is based on a competition from the ancient Greek Olympic Games called the pentathlon, which featured five track-and-field events. In the 1900s, the decathlon was standardized for international competition so that it always features the same events in the same order with the same scoring format. The complicated scoring system has been updated many times.
The modern Olympic decathlon was originally a three-day event, but was shortened to two days in 1936.
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- decathlete (noun)
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How is decathlon used in real life?
Athletes who compete in the decathlon are called decathletes, and they’re often considered the best all-around athletes in the world.
One hundred and eight years ago, Jim Thorpe shattered Olympic records in the decathlon and pentathlon.
Now, a group is pushing the International Olympic Committee to restore his status as the sole gold medalist in both events. https://t.co/x7renT1eIT
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) July 16, 2020
The World's Greatest Athlete does it again! Ashton Eaton defends his world title and sets a world record in the decathlon, 9,045 points.
— oregontf (@OregonTF) August 29, 2015
Finished my first decathlon with what is hopefully a new British record of 6878 (yet to be verified!)!It's a lot tougher than I thought!!
— Jess Taylor-Jemmett (@jesstaylor25) September 14, 2015
Try using decathlon!
Which of the following events is not a part of the Olympic decathlon?
C. pole vault
D. high jump
How to use decathlon in a sentence
"I did ask Ashton Eaton to come out," the driver of USA-1 said of the 2012 Olympic decathlon gold medalist, who declined.Is It Really That Easy to be an Olympic Bobsledder?|Kevin Fixler|January 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Dylan Bright died too young to compete in the Decathlon of Flourishing.What Harvard’s Grant Study Reveals about Happiness and Life|Dan Slater|November 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One example among several: his time in the decathlon 1,500-meter run—4 minutes 40.1 seconds—was not beaten until the 1972 Games.The Most Wonderful Athlete in the World: Jim Thorpe’s Story|Kate Buford|August 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There were five events in the Pentathlon and ten in the Decathlon.Injun and Whitey to the Rescue|William S. Hart