10 Question Takeover: Andy Murphy, Howard Bell and Matt Chandler

The natural follow-up to the first ever 10 Question Takeover on training camp in Tenerife is, of course, a competition in the pouring rain of Kilmarnock in the West of Scotland. Here are Scottish decathletes Andrew Murphy, Howard Bell and Matt Chandler with a few competition clips and their quick fire 10-question takeover. Enjoy! All…

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…

World Tour of Decathlon: 2020 in Review

We expected 2020 to be a race for decathletes to achieve the 8350 Olympic Qualifying mark, or to rank in the top 24 in the world. We expected a World Indoors, a World Juniors and an Olympic Games. But instead, the year was one of ingenuity, with decathlons in apartments, heptathlons on balconies, discus throws…

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…

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…

Uno, due, tre…osm, devět, deset

The weekend of the 32nd meeting of Multistars started with words of welcome in Italian, but by Sunday evening the words of celebration were Czech. One scenic venue.  Two vastly different days of weather. Three Estonian high jump stars. Four continents. Five men predicted to go over 8000 after five events. Six decathlon personal best…

The February Ten

Every month, I share a digest of ten decathlon-related facts, figures and features.  Here’s my pick of the best of February 2019. 1 The first day of February was marked by the arrival of Maicel Uibo (from Götzis 2018) on the Decathletes of Europe Calendar.  But Maicel wasn’t the only Estonian throwing shapes. The Tallinn…

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…