Friday, August 12, 2016

#OlympicsDidYouKnow Heptathlon

#OlympicsDidYouKnow The 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo were the first games to feature the heptathlon, a seven event competition whose name is derived from the Greek meaning “seven contests.” Prior to this, modern Olympians could compete only in the pentathlon, a five disciplined competition which, in ancient times, consisted of discus, jumping, javelin, running, and wrestling. The modern heptathlon is composed of the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin, and 800m. 
In ancient Greece, women were allowed to compete in the Heraia, a festival with athletic competitions dedicated to Hera, the wife of Zeus, and held in Olympia like the ancient Olympic games. Unmarried women could compete in foot races, and winners were rewarded with a newly woven peplos, one of the standard styles of dress for ancient Greek women.
Make sure to catch the women’s track and field finals heptathlon competition today and tomorrow on NBC!

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