Preview: Euro Indoors 2021 – The Masters v The Youngsters

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a boy called Kevin. He was only 19, and he and his friends had a wonderful time running, jumping and throwing over 2 days. Ten years later, Kevin and his friends travelled to another land for a competition…only to find a new band of…

Forza Azzurri!

When you’re half-Italian and half-Scottish, watching sport can be an emotional affair. On the one hand there is Italy, the Azzurri. “Azzurri represents sporting pride, it has the power to fill stadiums, and to bring families and friends together – to cry in defeat and to cheer in glory.” The Gentleman Ultra And then there…

Review: Frankfurt, Apeldoorn, Prague, Växjö and Linz, 13-14 February 2021

Another weekend, another multitude of multievent action. This weekend, the action included competitions in Linz (Austria), Växjö (Sweden), Prague (Czech Republic), Apeldoorn (Netherlands) and Frankfurt (Germany). LINZ Anticipation was focused on the comeback of Dominik Distelberger, but it was still a little too soon for the most famous Dominik in decathlon. His heel continued to…

Review: Tallinn Combined Events Meeting, Swiss and Serbian Championships

A world lead, 5 national records, 3 first-time 6000 point scores, copious pole vault no-heights and some huge shot putting. Three significant multi-events took place across Europe last weekend. The annual combined events meeting in Tallinn, the Swiss combined events championships in Magglingen and the open competition at the Serbian combined event championships in Belgrade….

Preview: Tallinn and Magglingen Combined Events Meetings 2021

On the weekend of 8-9 August 2020, several decathlons took place across Europe. As Risto Lillemets was becoming the 19th Estonian to exceed 8000 points in Tallinn, 1500 miles away in Langenthal Simon Ehammer consolidated his position as the first Swiss to exceed 8000 points in 17 years, and together they leapt to the top…

Review: X-Athletics, Clermont Ferrand 2021

The 4th edition of the X-Athletics Meeting in Clermont-Ferrand last weekend was a magnet for some of the world’s best multi-eventers and continues to grow into its position as the first major international combined event competition of the year. In the run up to the competition it seemed easier to list who wasn’t competing, although…

World Tour of Decathlon: 2020 in Review

We expected 2020 to be a race for decathletes to achieve the 8350 Olympic Qualifying mark, or to rank in the top 24 in the world. We expected a World Indoors, a World Juniors and an Olympic Games. But instead, the year was one of ingenuity, with decathlons in apartments, heptathlons on balconies, discus throws…

2021 Decathlon Calendar

The Decathletes of Europe Decathlon 2021 Calendar is here! Thank you to all the photographers who provided permission to use their artwork: Ulf Schiller, Athletix.ch (Simon Ehammer) Nicolas Mennetrey (Axel Hubert) Bert Hindman (Garrett Scantling) Michel Fisquet, Team Photo (Manuel Eitel, Cassandre Evans, Darko Pešic, Gaël Querin) Simone Cairoli (Simone Cairoli) Eirik Førde (Markus Rooth)…

Cassandre Evans: Decathlon is for Everybody

Debate on the shape of combined events for men and women appears every so often, usually when something happens in order to provoke that debate. Just over a year ago, in June 2019, Jordan Gray broke the 19-year old US decathlon record, shining a light again on the asymmetry of the paths laid out for…