The 2016 Rio Olympics will crown a decathlon champion on Thursday, when American Ashton Eaton attempts to defend his gold medal in the 10-event competition and be labeled "the world's best athlete." And while Eaton may go down in historical past as a single of the finest decathlon athletes ever, chances are that most Americans feel of Bruce Jenner when they feel of the decathlon. Jenner--who is now Caitlyn Jenner, right after transitioning to female--identified the decathlon although in school, and very first made it onto the Olympic workforce for the 1972 Games in Munich. He came in 10th area. In accordance to the Washington Publish, in 1976 Jenner was not the favourite to win in Montreal. Alternatively, everybody anticipated the defending Soviet gold medalist Nikolai Avilov to win.
Throughout the 100-meter dash, Jenner broke his personalized record. Then he broke his data in the subsequent four events — long jump, shot put, high jump, 400-meter sprint. By the time the Jenner raced in the ultimate 1,500 meter run, t was evident he would quickly win the gold. Jenner went on to be an American hero, and an Olympic icon.
He appeared on the Wheaties cereal box and was the AP Male Athlete of the Yr for 1976. Verify out video of the 400 meter from the 1976 Olympics: