American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An athletic contest usually limited to women in which each contestant participates in the following seven track and field events: 200-meter and 800-meter runs, 100-meter hurdles, shot put, javelin throw, high jump, and long jump.
- hepta- + -athlon (Wiktionary)
- hept(a)- + (dec)athlon. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At Brigham Young, she was an All-American in heptathlon and soccer.”
“The Sea Rays heptathlon, which is one of the top competitions of the season for multi-events, is comprised of many women who are NCAA qualifiers.”
“The busiest day will be Saturday 4 August, when almost 700,000 ticket holders will be travelling to central London and the Olympic Park at Stratford for the triathlon in Hyde Park, football at Wembley, the 20km race walk on the Mall and the climax of the second day of the heptathlon in the Olympic Stadium.”
“The heptathlon world champion competed in five events in total in Birmingham, winning the high jump title, posting an equal personal best in the shot put and finishing second in the 100m hurdles, looking in fine form to defend her title.”
“Getty Images At last year's European championships, Jessica Ennis won the women's heptathlon.”
“One of the greatest female athletes in history, she won a silver medal in the heptathlon in the 1984 Olympics and gold medals in the 1988 and 1992 Games.”
“Joyner-Kersee is the heptathlon world record-holder and American record-holder in the long jump.”
“I'm so hungry and so tired by the end of the heptathlon that I just want to indulge.”
“Jessica Ennis, the 2009 heptathlon world champion, managed only silver in the 2011 world championships in Daegu, South Korea.”
“Ennis now has to contend with being behind Russia's Tatyana Chernova, who beat her to heptathlon gold at the world championships last year.”
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