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…

Le Douleur Exquise

There’s an episode of Sex and The City – bear with me – where Carrie learns that Big is moving to Paris for a year. After an initial hissy fit, Carrie stocks up on French miscellany (mostly a beret and French fries) and decides to accompany Big to Paris, only to find that he is entirely ambivalent…