What is the Heptathlon ?

The Heptathlon is an athletic competition which amounts to
athletes competing in seven different track and field events over a period of two days. The winner is determined by the athlete who essentially has competed the most successfully over the two days.

An international scoring table is provided to evaluate and award points for each performance. The winner is the athlete who has the most points after the seven events. It is not so much that an athlete finishes first, second or third in one of the events so much as they run faster or jump and throw farther than their competition. In essence the athletes are competing against the scoring tables.

On the First Day of competition athletes compete in the following events and order: 100 meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters. On the Second Day of competition they will compete in: Long jump, javelin and the final event, the 800 meters.