Review: Tallinn Combined Events Meeting

A Ukrainian pentathlon clean sweep, the Estonian you might not have expected on the podium, a refocusing of the energy originally intended for the World Indoor Championships, and a message from the World silver medallist that you ain’t seen everything yet. Welcome to Tallinn. PENTATHLON Usually a competition settles down after the first few events,…

Preview: Tallinn Combined Events Meeting

The postponement of the World Indoor Championships in Nanjing meant that some other meeting was going to have to bear the heavy responsibility of being the highlight meeting of the indoor season. This meeting is that highlight. The 2019 iteration of the Tallinn Combined Events competition at the Lasnamäe Arena was the one that launched…

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…

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…