Tim Duckworth, European Indoors, Glasgow 2019

I spoke to Tim on Sunday 3 March a few minutes after he won the silver medal in the heptathlon. Congratulations, you must be absolutely delighted. Yeah, I’m over the moon about it! Talk us through how today felt. Yesterday you had a good day, but today had some ups and downs. The first two…

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 January Ten

Every month, I’ll share a digest of ten decathlon-related facts, figures and features. Here’s my pick of the best of January – read it quickly because it looks like February is going to be even more fun… 1 2019 started the way 2018 ended with Kevin resplendent and expressing himself 100%. Kevin kicks off the…

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…