The winner of the Decathlon is generally refered to as "the world's greatest athlete" . . . but is he really?
The Decathlon encompasses ten track and field events . . . but that is it . . . all are running, jumping, throwing events. While decathletes may well claim the title of "greatest track and field athletes" they don't really have to take on so many other athletic disciplines.
Now let us consider the Pentathlete. The modern Pentathlon is comprised of five athletic events from five totally different disciplines:
- Cross-country Running
The Pentathlete has to master such a wide variety of skills (with essentially no overlap -- remember eight of the ten decathlon events involve running).
Perhaps the Modern Pentathlete is more deserving of the title of "World's Greatest Athlete".