Adam Sebastian Helcelet: International Man of History

“When I was a kid,” Adam Sebastian Helcelet recalls, “Czech Republic had the greatest decathletes in the world. I watched them with my father. He said ‘You are coordinated. You can feel your body, and I guess that you’re going to be a big guy. You should try it.’” He did. His story would quickly…

Carolin Schäfer: What If?

Changing coach in the run up to the Olympics. Trying out a new technique and waiting out the critics. Deciding to forgo a World Championships place and playing the long game. Carolin Schafer has made a number of big decisions in the last year. All of them brought risk, questions and a test of faith. …

Vanessa Chefer: The First Girl, on the First Day

On the first day of the first competition at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the heptathlon was the first event. The first discipline was the 100m hurdles, and the first girl, in the first lane was Brazil’s own Vanessa Chefer. Four years later, and 25 years after she first told her mother that she wanted…

Garrett Scantling: Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

After finishing fourth at the 2016 US Olympic trials, Garrett Scantling disappeared from decathlon. But he streaked back into the world of multi-events earlier this year, with one of the best global heptathlon marks of the indoor season. Faster than a speeding bullet, he tried his hand at NFL. He then channelled his inner Clark…

Darko Pešić: Combined Events and Cannonballs

The world has been plunged into chaos by the spread of coronavirus. Meetings are cancelled. The Olympics have been postponed for a year. Entire countries are in lockdown for the foreseeable future. But few athletes are better equipped to cope with the need to be self-sufficient than Montenegro’s finest, Darko Pešić.   Growing up in…

Multistars 2020: Health and Hope

With valuable ranking points up for grabs for Olympic qualification, the 2020 Multistars meeting was more popular than ever. But as Italy experienced the full impact of the arrival of coronavirus in Europe, Multistars was also the first competition to deal with the rapidly changing circumstances.  And finally, this week the news came that the…

The 2020 January Ten

1 Welcome to 2020 and be sure to use your Decathletes of Europe Decathlon and Heptathlon calendars to help you plan your year. 2 One of the first competitions of the year was the England Athletics Combined Events Championships in Sheffield on 4-5 January, where Ashley Bryant competed in his first multievent since 2017. It…

Review: British Championships, Glasgow

It’s National Championships season and, not content with titles in heptathlon and pentathlon, the multi-eventers have been laying claim to individual titles as well. Hans-Christian Hausenberg, Sarah Lagger and Dominik Distelberger won double golds (LJ/PV, Shot/LJ, PV/60m hurdles) in the Estonian and Austrian Championships respectively; Simon Ehammer and Hanne Maudens are the Swiss and Belgian…

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,…