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…

Feature: Sophie Weissenberg

As September dawns and we head into the last few weeks of the 2019 season, Sophie Weissenberg is preparing to embark on her first year of psychology studies.  Instead of enjoying a long hot summer of relaxation, Sophie has had a rather more productive few months.   She has the twelfth best heptathlon score in the…

Feature: Niklas Kaul

This article was first published on the IAAF website on 1 August 2019. This time last year Niklas Kaul received an unexpected phone call.  It was a call that, a week later, resulted in him competing in his first major international championship decathlon at senior level. The World bronze medallist Kai Kazmirek was injured and…

Feature: Riley Cooks

New experiences, new approaches, new sponsors, and new ground being broken. The last few years have been all about transition for 25-year old US heptathlete Riley Cooks. And as the clock counts down to the US Championships heptathlon at the Drake Stadium in Des Moines, this is the story of how Riley made the transition…

The Magic of Götzis

This article was first published on Decathlonpedia on 12 May 2019 In two weeks’ time the 45th Hypomeeting will take place in Götzis. Here we bring you five different perspectives on what makes this annual occasion so magical in the world of combined events. Götzis through the eyes of a fan and spectator; Götzis from…

Uno, due, tre…osm, devět, deset

The weekend of the 32nd meeting of Multistars started with words of welcome in Italian, but by Sunday evening the words of celebration were Czech. One scenic venue.  Two vastly different days of weather. Three Estonian high jump stars. Four continents. Five men predicted to go over 8000 after five events. Six decathlon personal best…

The March Ten

Pieter Braun welcomed us into March on the Decathletes of Europe Calendar. And what a month it was! Here is the March Ten – the top decathlon-related stories, facts and figures from the month. 1 The Glasgow European Indoor Championships heptathlon was glorious.  In the final few minutes one guy ran for the gold. One…

The February Ten

Every month, I share a digest of ten decathlon-related facts, figures and features.  Here’s my pick of the best of February 2019. 1 The first day of February was marked by the arrival of Maicel Uibo (from Götzis 2018) on the Decathletes of Europe Calendar.  But Maicel wasn’t the only Estonian throwing shapes. The Tallinn…

Fredrik Samuelsson, European Indoors, Glasgow 2019

The 1000m in Glasgow provided its fair share of Day 2 drama in the heptathlon. From Jiri Sykora’s reappearance on the start line after his pole vault injury, to Tim Duckworth’s game changing improvement, to Jorge Ureña’s strike for home from 200m out.  But the other story was Fredrik Samuelsson’s  determined bid for a medal,…

Andreas Bechmann, European Indoors, Glasgow 2019

Andreas Bechmann stormed the world rankings this year when he set a world lead of 6017 at the German championships in Halle in January. While that lead lasted only a few hours until the now European Indoor Champion Jorge Ureña claimed it back in Cardiff, Bechmann’s breakthrough into the senior ranks continued in Glasgow. I…