Grammar Patterns

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The 'long jump' group

These nouns refer to types of contest in athletics, swimming, tennis, or badminton. (Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, doubles, mixed doubles, and singles are also often used without the.)
The Australian bravely shook off illness to win the backstroke.
In the doubles, Gigi Fernandez and Davenport took on what may have been a very tired Spanish pair.
He was seventh in the javelin with an 81.22m throw.
She has pulled out of the heptathlon with a thigh injury and is doubtful about her chances of competing in the long jump.
  • backstroke
  • beam
  • breaststroke
  • butterfly
  • crawl
  • decathlon
  • discus
  • doubles
  • hammer
  • high jump
  • javelin
  • long jump
  • marathon
  • mixed doubles
  • pentathlon
  • pole vault
  • pursuit
  • shot put
  • singles
  • sprint
  • triple jump
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