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…

Multistars 2021: Preview

Two years have passed since the last edition of Multistars in April 2019, when the biggest problem in our lives was how many thermal layers to wear to keep out the bracing wind of the Alto Adige. Despite the best efforts of Barbara and Gianni Lombardi the 2020 edition was not possible; but they have…

10 Question Takeover: Jonay, Pablo, Reinis, Mario and Jose Luis

Fresh from their April training camp in Tenerife, Jonay, Pablo, Reinis, Mario and Jose Luis bring you the first ever Decathletes of Europe “Ten Question Takeover.” You can check out their training clips on Instagram and watch them answering the 10 Questions in the video below. INTRODUCTIONS JONAY: My name is Jonay Jordan, I’m from…

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…

European Indoors 2021, Toruń: Review

In the first major championships since the start of the pandemic, the 24 best multieventers in Europe gathered to compete in Toruń in Poland at the European Indoor Championships. In both competitions, the fields were split between experienced athletes and young athletes navigating their first big championships. Over the course of the 3 days, we…

Preview: Euro Indoors 2021 – The Masters v The Youngsters

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a boy called Kevin. He was only 19, and he and his friends had a wonderful time running, jumping and throwing over 2 days. Ten years later, Kevin and his friends travelled to another land for a competition…only to find a new band of…

Forza Azzurri!

When you’re half-Italian and half-Scottish, watching sport can be an emotional affair. On the one hand there is Italy, the Azzurri. “Azzurri represents sporting pride, it has the power to fill stadiums, and to bring families and friends together – to cry in defeat and to cheer in glory.” The Gentleman Ultra And then there…

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…

Review: Tallinn Combined Events Meeting, Swiss and Serbian Championships

A world lead, 5 national records, 3 first-time 6000 point scores, copious pole vault no-heights and some huge shot putting. Three significant multi-events took place across Europe last weekend. The annual combined events meeting in Tallinn, the Swiss combined events championships in Magglingen and the open competition at the Serbian combined event championships in Belgrade….

Preview: Tallinn and Magglingen Combined Events Meetings 2021

On the weekend of 8-9 August 2020, several decathlons took place across Europe. As Risto Lillemets was becoming the 19th Estonian to exceed 8000 points in Tallinn, 1500 miles away in Langenthal Simon Ehammer consolidated his position as the first Swiss to exceed 8000 points in 17 years, and together they leapt to the top…