The NZ National Combined Events
Championships is a joint championship held under the
jurisdiction of both NZ Masters and Athletics NZ.
The men compete in the decathlon and
the women contest the heptathlon. Why? Good question.
The decathlon consists of 100m, long
jump, shot put, high jump, 400m, short hurdles, discus, pole
vault, javelin and 1500m. It was first contested at the
Olympics in 1912 and has been a regular event since.
The heptathlon consists of short
hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200m, long jump, javelin and
800m. It has been a part of the Olympics since 1984.