Definition of decathlon in English:



  • An athletic event taking place over two days, in which each competitor takes part in the same prescribed ten events (100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1,500-meter run)

    • ‘He will be competing in the pole vault, javelin and 110 metres hurdles before doing his first decathlon of 2004 at the AAA Under-20 Combined Events Championships in Stoke the week after.’
    • ‘The 1912 Olympics in Stockholm are best remembered for Jim Thorpe's world record successes in the most demanding track and field events, the pentathlon and the decathlon.’
    • ‘‘This Rover Initiative will help raise the profile of combined events and encourage more youngsters to take up the decathlon and heptathlon,’ added Campbell.’
    • ‘This technique can pull an athlete's core temperature down in just a few minutes, and can be used to help athletes to refresh between competitions in events such as the decathlon, as well as to develop heat tolerance during training.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tom Waddell, a 30-year-old army physician, comes sixth in the Olympic decathlon.’
    • ‘He is a two-time Middle Eastern Athletic Conference shotput champion, and finished fourth in the decathlon at the conference meet.’
    • ‘He won the gold medal in the decathlon at the AAA's Championships with a score of 6,286 points.’
    • ‘Macey, competing in his first decathlon since the Sydney Olympics, punched the air when he saw his time on the stadium scoreboard.’
    • ‘He placed fifth in the decathlon at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials’
    • ‘Although Yang did not win by the 10 seconds he needed in the final event of the decathlon - the 1,500 meters - for the gold medal in Rome, he nevertheless won Taiwan's first medal in the Olympics, a silver.’
    • ‘Dean Macey today vowed to be back stronger than ever after a remarkable fourth place in the Olympic decathlon in Athens.’
    • ‘He showed a particular talent for track and field, settling into the decathlon as his primary event.’
    • ‘World bronze medallist Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan stretched his overnight lead in the decathlon to 166 points after the first two events on the second day of the 10-discipline event.’
    • ‘The decathlon resumes early on Tuesday with the 110 metres hurdles and continues with the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500 metres.’
    • ‘He began training for the decathlon after being sidelined with an injury and watching other decathletes train.’
    • ‘Drechsler's boyfriend is also an athlete, or rather a former athlete, as the Frenchman Blondel has retired from the decathlon.’
    • ‘To an educated European audience, it seems strange that the opening ceremony could be a total sell-out but a day with the women's 100m, men's triple-jump, women's pole vault and the decathlon falls 10,000 short of capacity.’
    • ‘After competing in football, basketball, baseball and wrestling in high school Pappas began training for the decathlon in 1995; his first win came in 1998’


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