bbc.co.uk
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
BBC Sport Academy
GAMES CHAT PHOTOS QUIZ WIN
 You are in: Athletics: Events guide: Decathlon
Homepage
Athletics
Events guide
Track
Field
Heptathlon
Decathlon
History



Latest Sports News
CBBC
Academy Parent

Get the newsletter
Decathlon
Around the Academy:
Daly Thompson
Thompson's rivals were often left trailing in his wake
The men's combined event is a thrilling test of skill and stamina.

Points are awarded for the athlete's best performance in each of ten events with the action spread over two days.


Dean Macey was close to an Olympic bronze in 2000
It starts with the 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m. The second day sees the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the gruelling 1500m.

Daley Thompson (GB). Born 30.7.58
Daley Thompson dominated the world of decathlon between 1978 and 1987, setting four world and 10 UK and Commonwealth records.

He combined his natural talent with a never-say-die attitude, claiming Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles along the way.

His first Olympic gold came in 1980 - finishing more than 100 points clear of his competitors and more success followed four years later in Los Angeles, overcoming close rival Jurgen Hingsen.

Injuries late in his career prevented him from achieving his goal of a hat-trick of Olympic titles but he had already achieved enough to qualify as one of the greatest-ever athletes.

Dean Macey has the potential to repeat Thompson's success for Britain after coming close in Sydney and battling through injury at Edmonton to a brilliant Worlds bronze.

There is more to come.

Record breaker ::
Roman Sebrle (CZE): 9026 points, 27.5.2001
Decathlon rules ::
The rules of each individual event apply except in the following instances:
You are allowed one more false start (three not two) before being disqualified in the running events
You are allowed only three goes in each field event
Failure to compete in an event will mean elimination for the overall competition


EQUIPMENT ::
Athletics shoes


SKILLS ::
Athletics skills

RULES ::

Get the low down on the rules of various sports




^^ Back to top
© BBC Contact us | Help | About us Disclaimer
Football  |  Cricket  |  Tennis  |  Golf  |  Rugby Union  |  Rugby League  |  Athletics  |  Basketball  |  Swimming
Other Sport  |  In the Gym  |  Healthy Eating  |  Treatment Room  |  Your Blueprint  |  Learning Centre