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The decathlon is setup so that the two events that take the longest time to complete and are the most physically demanding are the final events of the day's activities. These two events are the 400 meter run and 1500 meter run.

On the first day, the 100 meter run takes about 11-13 seconds to complete ... an attempt in long jump, shot put, and high jump takes 5-10 seconds ... and the 400 meter run takes 48-50 seconds.

On the second day, the 110 meter hurdles takes 15-16 seconds ... an attempt in discus throw, pole vault, and javelin throw takes 5-10 seconds ... and the 1500 meter run takes 4 1/2 minutes or so.

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Q: Why is the 400 meters the last event on day one of the Decathlon?
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