Mon. May 27th, 2024

WOMEN’S DECATHLON

In 2024, decathlon remains the only track and field discipline where women do not have the opportunity to compete in a structured system, and on a regular basis. Too often, when female decathletes make the case to increase those opportunities, they are met with a barrage of reasons why they should not be seeking that opportunity, and why they should stay in their lane.

The most important voice in the case for women having the opportunity to compete in decathlon is the voice of female decathletes. Those voices are frequently missing from media coverage of the issue. This platform – founded by a female decathlon analyst and writer – makes a conscious decision to amplify the voices of female decathletes, help promulgate their views, and support them in sharing their expertise.

Every edition of the Decathletes of Europe photo calendar since 2020 has featured a female decathlete. Why? So that little girls, as well as boys, can see themselves as future decathletes.

If you’re a female decathlete keen to find out more, or someone keen to learn more about the views of female decathletes, I hope you find these resources useful. Please do get in touch if you would like me to signpost to additional resources, or share details of competitions.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

How are the points calculated in women’s decathlon? Are the events in a women’s decathlon in the same order as in the men’s decathlon? What is the decathlon world record?

Here are the answers to some commonly-asked questions about women’s decathlon:

Women’s Decathlon: Q&A – Decathletes of Europe

UPCOMING COMPETITIONS

PREVIOUS COMPETITIONS

THE WOMEN’S DECATHLON ASSOCIATION

The Women’s Decathlon Association, founded by Becca Gillespy-Peter and Dimitry Yakoushkin is the best source of data and expertise on women’s decathlon. Their statistics include world all time lists for decathlons over 5000 points, and individual event records.

THE WOMEN’S DECATHLON AND GRIT: TED TALK

LET WOMEN DECATHLON

Creating the opportunities for women to compete in decathlon begins with the removal of barriers to entry to decathlon at an early age. That then requires a structure in which to compete and develop, but of course the ultimate opportunity is for woman to be able to compete for the most iconic of Olympic track and field titles: the world’s greatest athlete. To support the Olympic end of the campaign, please read and sign Jordan’s “Let Women Decathlon” petition.

Let Women Decathlon Petition: End Olympic gender inequality

FEATURES AND ARTICLES ON FEMALE DECATHLETES

Austra Skujyte, Lithuania: “I want them to break my record

Jordan Gray, USA: Dedicated. Determined. Decathlete 

Cassandre Evans, Belgium: Decathlon is for Everybody

2021 Women’s Decathlon Association Championships: The Decathlon Pioneers

2023 USA Women’s Decathlon Championships: Preview

Photos courtesy of (where not otherwise labelled): Vincent Delcros/Huy Athletic Club, Jordan Gray, Decathlon 2000 (Austra), AnnaLee McGregor, Audacia Hochdorf Leichtathletik