DECATHLON and HEPTATHLON
The decathlon (10 events) is for men whereas the heptathlon (7 events) is for women. It is the most complete discipline in athletics and most certainly the one that requires the most strength, stamina, suppleness and swiftness. There is nothing more different than the 110 m hurdles and the shot putt, pole vaulting and the 1500 m, not to mention the high jump, the long jump, short and long sprints or the javelin.The best performers in the world for this discipline are often the Americans. For example, Bob Mathias was gold medallist in '48 and '52. The Englishman Dailey Thomson emulated this feat in '80 and '84, and the two men are alone in becoming Olympic champion for the decathlon at two consecutive games.Today, women practice the Heptathlon, which was not the case beforehand, having long been limited to the pentathlon, a discipline of five events.