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…

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…

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…

The Magic of Götzis

This article was first published on Decathlonpedia on 12 May 2019 In two weeks’ time the 45th Hypomeeting will take place in Götzis. Here we bring you five different perspectives on what makes this annual occasion so magical in the world of combined events. Götzis through the eyes of a fan and spectator; Götzis from…

Andreas Bechmann, European Indoors, Glasgow 2019

Andreas Bechmann stormed the world rankings this year when he set a world lead of 6017 at the German championships in Halle in January. While that lead lasted only a few hours until the now European Indoor Champion Jorge Ureña claimed it back in Cardiff, Bechmann’s breakthrough into the senior ranks continued in Glasgow. I…

Glasgow 2019: A Game of Fire, Ice and Blood

From the Balkan lands in 2017, the European Indoor Championships moved west, to the frozen (well, wet) fringes of the continent. Beyond Hadrian’s Wall, Europe’s fearless decathletes arrived in Caledonia and the City of Glasgow, 200 miles south of Wester Ross.  Who would become the King of Heptathlon in the North? And would they find…

The January Ten

Every month, I’ll share a digest of ten decathlon-related facts, figures and features. Here’s my pick of the best of January – read it quickly because it looks like February is going to be even more fun… 1 2019 started the way 2018 ended with Kevin resplendent and expressing himself 100%. Kevin kicks off the…