A track and field event that includes ten separate competitions is called a decathlon. If you want to compete in a decathlon, you need to be very strong as well as a fast runner.

The word decathlon comes from two Greek words, déka, or "ten," and áthlon, "prize or contest." Competing in a decathlon typically takes two whole days, during which athletes compete against each other in shot put, pole vault, high jump, javelin, discus, and long jump, as well as four running races. The winner of a decathlon is traditionally given the title of "World's Greatest Athlete."

Definitions of decathlon
  1. noun
    an athletic contest consisting of ten different events
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    athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics
    a contest between athletes
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