Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#OlympicsDidYouKnow Decathalon

#‎OlympicsDidYouKnow‬ Today begins the men’s Decathlon, a 10 event competition spread over two days. This is one of the oldest events and has roots in ancient Greek Olympic pentathlon competition. In fact, the Greek-originated word deca-athlon means 10-feats, and the modern decathlon is composed of the 100m, long jump, high jump, shot put, 400m, 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1500m competitions. These are stretched across two days and depend heavily on speed and strength.
Even though it has Greek roots, this test of all-around athleticism, in its current sense, is a fairly modern invention. In 393 A.D. Emperor Theodosius I banned the Olympic Games, including the pentathlon competition. The Games remained disbanded until 1896, when Frenchman Pierre de Coubertin founded the first Olympic Committee and created the first modern Olympic Games, to be held in Athens that year. This 1896 Olympics was the first time that the modern decathlon appeared, and the decathlon has remained the same ever since.
Make sure to tune in to NBC to watch the today’s and tomorrow’s decathlon competition!

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