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,…

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. The annual Tallinn Combined Events meeting on 8-9 February is that highlight. The 2019 iteration of the Tallinn Combined Events competition at the…

Two Scotts. Two Brindleys. Three Titles. One Colin.

Just four weeks after the Scots finished top of the podium at the English Combined Events Championships in Sheffield, would this be the weekend where the Englishmen (and the Welshman) wreaked revenge at the Scottish Combined Events Championships at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow? 60m The first Scott in a weekend of many Scotts was…

Review: X-Athletics, Clermont Ferrand

On a crisp, clear afternoon in the shadow of the Puy-de-Dôme, the invigorating smell of burning wood wafted through the picturesque town of Clermont-Ferrand. But it wasn’t the good people of Aubière stoking their bonfires. Rather, it was the arrival of Manuel Eitel on 11-12 January 2020 to burn up the boards at the X-Athletics…

Preview: X-Athletics Clermont Ferrand

In January 2019 the competitors at the X-Athletics meeting in Clermont Ferrand were vying for places at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow. This year, the prize at stake during the season is participation at the World Indoor Championships in Nanjing in March, where there are 6 places – 5 based on top scores, and…

A Scotsman, an Englishman and a Spaniard jump over a bar…

So, have you heard the one about the Scotsman, the Englishman and the Spaniard who walk into a bar? Or, to be more precise, jump over a bar? And run 60m, and long jump, and throw the shot… First weekend of the year and time for the English Combined Events championships at the fantastic English…