Review: X-Athletics, Clermont Ferrand

On a crisp, clear afternoon in the shadow of the Puy-de-Dôme, the invigorating smell of burning wood wafted through the picturesque town of Clermont-Ferrand. But it wasn’t the good people of Aubière stoking their bonfires. Rather, it was the arrival of Manuel Eitel on 11-12 January 2020 to burn up the boards at the X-Athletics…

Preview: X-Athletics Clermont Ferrand

In January 2019 the competitors at the X-Athletics meeting in Clermont Ferrand were vying for places at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow. This year, the prize at stake during the season is participation at the World Indoor Championships in Nanjing in March, where there are 6 places – 5 based on top scores, and…

A Scotsman, an Englishman and a Spaniard jump over a bar…

So, have you heard the one about the Scotsman, the Englishman and the Spaniard who walk into a bar? Or, to be more precise, jump over a bar? And run 60m, and long jump, and throw the shot… First weekend of the year and time for the English Combined Events championships at the fantastic English…

World Tour of Decathlon: 2019 in Review

It was a long, long year to Doha. It’s usually time to hang up the competition kit and all the many, many decathlon shoes once Talence is done in September. But this year Décastar moved temporarily to June to accommodate the late World Championships in October. And so Décastar, quickly followed by Ratingen the following…

2020 Heptathlon Calendar

The Decathletes of Europe Heptathlon 2020 Calendar is now available – if you’d like a calendar please get in touch here . The photos are by James Rhodes (KJT, Nafi) and Bjorn Parée (cover, all other photos ) .

2020 Decathlon Calendar

The Decathletes of Europe Decathlon 2020 Calendar is now available – if you’d like a calendar please get in touch here . The photos are by James Rhodes (cover, Götzis, Jorge), Bjorn Parée (Niklas, Basile, Damian, Janek, Tim, Cedric, Lindon, Andreas, Maicel) and Adam A.Chourkri (Jordan).

2019 Decathletes of Europe Calendar

The 2019 Decathletes of Europe Calendar is my collaboration with James Rhodes, who is responsible for all of the images, and fellow Trackcastic podcaster Chris Brown. If you’d like a 2019 Calendar, please get in touch here.

Where’s Johannes Erm??

As previews were written, predictions penned and entry lists confirmed in the run up to the World Championships in Doha in October, my inbox was full of messages containing one question. “But where’s Johannes Erm??” Where was Erm? The 21-year-old is by no means a new name to decathlon fans. The huge level of interest…

Janek Õiglane: Achieving Things the Hard Way

This article first appeared on the World Athletics website in November 2019 Two years ago, behind the medal-winning trio of Kevin Mayer, Rico Freimuth and Kai Kazmirek at the World Championships decathlon in London, a breakthrough was happening. The 23-year old Estonian Janek Õiglane was having the performance of his career, finishing fourth in a…

Jordan Gray. Dedicated. Determined. Decathlete.

“Stop. You’re ruining this for me!” Jordan Gray is excited as she unpacks her Team USA kit ahead of the 26th edition of the Thorpe Cup, the annual combined events competition between Germany and the USA. It’s Jordan’s first time representing the United States, and her first competition outwith North America. “It was something I…