Darko Pešić: Combined Events and Cannonballs

The world has been plunged into chaos by the spread of coronavirus. Meetings are cancelled. The Olympics have been postponed for a year. Entire countries are in lockdown for the foreseeable future. But few athletes are better equipped to cope with the need to be self-sufficient than Montenegro’s finest, Darko Pešić.   Growing up in…

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…

Sophie Weissenberg: “Now I Know I Can Do It”

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…

Riley Cooks: Finally Putting It Together

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…