Review: 2021 European U20 Decathlon, Tallinn

100M The first man to cross the line in the 2021 European U20 decathlon was Sweden’s Jacob Thelander in a huge PB of 11.09 in Heat 1 of the 100m, taking 0.31 seconds off his previous best.  Germany’s Roman Jocher looked great as he sped to 11.56, also a lifetime best, but sadly he was…

Review: 2021 European U20 Heptathlon, Tallinn

The conditions were great, Sofie Dokter was a revelation, the Germans weren’t messing and Saga Vanninen looked amazing. 100M HURDLES On the first day of the U20 heptathlon, like the first day of the U23 decathlon, it was a hot one, already 30 degrees by 10am.  And the first heat was a cracker. German’s Serena…

Preview: 2021 European U20 Championships, Tallinn

Estonia, spiritual home of decathlon, where Janek Õiglane is on the commemorative stamp to celebrate the championships; where 2000 Olympic champion Erki Nool presented the medals to the European U23 victors; and where even the local organising committee can embrace multi-events and organise two championships on consecutive weekends. As the European U20 championships get underway,…

Review: 2021 European U23 Championships, Tallinn

HEPTATHLON When we left the heptathlon at the end of Day 1, Adrianna Sułek had a lead of 150 points over Holly Mills, largely as a result of Holly’s lower than usual high jump of 1.72. Had she equalled her season’s best of 1.85, Mills would have been in the lead.  As the best long…

Preview: 2021 European U23 Championships, Tallinn

The last time the European U23 championships took place, it was in the summer of 2019 in Gävle, Sweden. The decathlon was a showdown between the titans Niklas Kaul and Johannes Erm, both scoring over 8400: Kaul 8572 and Erm 8445. Kaul went onto become the youngest decathlon world champion in history in Doha a…

Review: Ratingen and US Trials – The Virtual Thorpe Cup

Two decathlons of critical importance, taking place 5000 miles apart. Like a virtual Thorpe Cup, featuring two of the titans of combined events, Germany and USA.  Two men on each team already with the Olympic qualifying standard, but with brutal selection processes to satisfy first. A suite of contenders waiting in the wings, seeking to…

2021 Arona review, Ratingen and US trials preview

Last weekend was the 3rd leg of the World Athletics Combined Events Challenge: hot sun, palm trees and big points in the south of Tenerife, just off the coast of Morocco. Some athletes in Arona leapt up the placings and into – or near – contention for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Others will have…

Arona 2021: Preview

The Combined Events Challenge competitions are coming at us faster than women’s 10,000m world records. Just 2 weeks after Damian Warner’s skirmish with 9000 points in Götzis, it’s onto Arona in Tenerife for the 10th Combined Events meeting on 12-13 June. DECATHLON As well as Warner’s history-making performance, Götzis also gave us another Olympic auto-qualifier…

Götzis 2021: Review

Damian Warner is the greatest World and Olympic champion we’ve never had…yet. As soon as the 100m was run on Saturday morning, there was no doubt that the Canadian record holder would secure his historic 6th Götzis victory, overtaking Roman Šebrle and Carolina Kluft’s joint record of 5 wins.   But that achievement paled into…

Götzis 2021: Preview

And we’re back! After a break in 2020 because of The Pandemic, we return to the Mösle-Stadion for the world’s best multi-event competition. The organisers have left no stone unturned to create a safe environment for the athletes, and while it won’t be the same with only 500 fans in attendance, it’s still Götzis. And…