Heptathlon is a combined event contested by women at international athletics competitions. Heptathlon consists of seven events. Three of the events are track events and four field events. The events included in the Heptathlon programs are-

  • 100 meter hurdles
  • High jump
  • Shot put
  • 200 meter event
  • Long jump
  • Javelin throw
  • 800 meter event

The heptathlon events are contested in two days. On the first day, athletes compete in are 100 meter hurdles, high jump shot put and 200 meter event. The events held on the second day are long jump, javelin throw and 800 meter event.

The combined event first contested by women was “pentathlon”. Later, the seven event heptathlon replaced pentathlon from women’s athletics program in major competitions. The name of the event was chosen “heptathlon”, a Greek word. The word consists of two parts- “hepta” meaning “seven” and “athlon” meaning”contest”.

The event was authorized by the International Association of Athletics Federations or IAAF in 1981. The events contested in the heptathlon competition test all the straits of an athlete’s athletic power. Athletes have to be proficient in all the events to succeed in the competition. However, they need not be in the top three positions. The athletes are given points for their performance in the events. The points are tallied to determine the winner of the event…

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