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…

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…

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…

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 Enigma of Kevin and the Unit of Arthur

To the discerning Decathletes of Europe fan, the Berlin European Championships were all about whether Kevin Mayer would pull out a big score, after teasing us with individual PBs throughout the season so far. A 13.71 hurdles and a 16.51 shot in Paris, and a jaunty 52.38 discus in Germany. He didn’t do Gotzis and…