A Letter to World and European Athletics, 22 March 2021

To: Sebastian Coe, World Athletics President, and Dobromir Karamarinov, European Athletics Interim President Dear colleagues We are writing to you to express our concerns about the size of fields for combined events competitions at major championships, and the interaction with world rankings. Background The fields for the combined events in major outdoor championships have been…

Multi-eventers call for bigger fields at major championships

Over 250 multieventers, including World and Olympic medallists, have supported a call for larger fields in the decathlon, heptathlon and pentathlon at major international championships. The direction of travel on field sizes in the combined events is a longstanding concern. In 2018, when the qualification system for the 2020 Olympic Games was published, the great…

Review: Frankfurt, Apeldoorn, Prague, Växjö and Linz, 13-14 February 2021

Another weekend, another multitude of multievent action. This weekend, the action included competitions in Linz (Austria), Växjö (Sweden), Prague (Czech Republic), Apeldoorn (Netherlands) and Frankfurt (Germany). LINZ Anticipation was focused on the comeback of Dominik Distelberger, but it was still a little too soon for the most famous Dominik in decathlon. His heel continued to…

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…

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,…

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…