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Combined Events at Olympics

The Combined Events at Olympics generate sheer excitement and need skills and ability of the maximum level. The Olympics track and field programs have been more popularized with the introduction of combination events like Decathlon and Heptathlon. These events include several individual events like long jump, high jump, pole vault, javelin throw and 400 meters race. The combined events have their origin in the historic Pentathlon event of the ancient Olympics.


Decathlon has derived its name from the Latin word - Deca, which means ten, and Athlon, meaning competition. As the name suggests, it is a combination of ten different events which are:

  • High Jump
  • Shot Put
  • Discus Throw
  • Javelin Throw
  • Pole Vault
  • 100 Meter Sprint
  • 110 Meter Hurdles
  • 400 Meter Event
  • 1500 Meter Event
  • Long Jump

    Only men can compete in this two-day-long Olympic event. Numerous great athletes like Dan O'Brien, Christian, Daley Thompson, Harold Osbarn, Jim Thorpe and others had won medals in this event at the Olympics and other international meets.


    Another combination event in the Olympics, which is held for a period of two days, is the Heptathlon. Similar to Decathlon, this event has also derived its name from two Greek words, Hepta - seven and Athlon - contest. Held exclusively for the women, Heptathlon includes the following events:

  • Long Jump
  • Javelin Throw
  • 800 Meter Event
  • 100 Meter Hurdles
  • High Jump
  • Shot Put
  • 200 Meters Event

    Famous athletes to the likes of Anke Behmer, Carolina Kluft, Denise Lewis and Irina Belova had glorified the event at various international meets and at the Olympics. IAAF or the International Association of Athletics Federation has set up standard rules for conducting these events.

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