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…

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…

Glasgow 2019: A Game of Fire, Ice and Blood

From the Balkan lands in 2017, the European Indoor Championships moved west, to the frozen (well, wet) fringes of the continent. Beyond Hadrian’s Wall, Europe’s fearless decathletes arrived in Caledonia and the City of Glasgow, 200 miles south of Wester Ross.  Who would become the King of Heptathlon in the North? And would they find…

TAPS AFF: The Glasgow Ten

The line-up for the heptathlon at the European Indoor Championships has finally been decided. Twelve contenders will descend upon Glasgow to fight for gold, silver and bronze. But what do they need to know about Scotland’s biggest city? Here is the Glasgow Ten – ten things all decathletes of Europe should know about Glasgow. 1…

I Can Has 6000 Points?

There’s no humour like niche athletics humour. There’s no meme like an athletics meme. And no country does athletics memes like Estonia does athletics memes. On the Number 35 bus last weekend from Tallinn city centre to the Estonian Athletics Combined Events meeting at Lasnamäe Sport Stadium, the site of Ashton Eaton’s then world heptathlon record…

The Enigma of Kevin and the Unit of Arthur

To the discerning Decathletes of Europe fan, the Berlin European Championships were all about whether Kevin Mayer would pull out a big score, after teasing us with individual PBs throughout the season so far. A 13.71 hurdles and a 16.51 shot in Paris, and a jaunty 52.38 discus in Germany. He didn’t do Gotzis and…