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…

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,…

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…

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…