The Heptathlon

The heptathlon is the ultimate women’s track and field contest. Competitors contest 7 track and field events over two days. Athletes are awarded points based on their performances in each event; the winner is the athlete with the most points overall.

Day one begins with the 100m hurdles, quickly followed by the high jump, shot put and the 200m sprint. The second day consists of long jump, javelin throw, and the 800m middle distance run.

Heptathletes must be powerful and versatile, able to channel their speed and strength into the unique movements demanded by each of the disciplines. Training for the heptathlon develops a high level of fitness and works towards achieving balance between leveraging personal strengths while eliminating weaknesses.