Oleksiy Kasyanov and Nadine Broersen face a difficult task in their attempt to retain their titles at the 41st edition of the Decastar, the last fixture of this year’s IAAF Combined Events Challenge, on Saturday and Sunday (16-27) in Talence, in the outskirts of Bordeaux.
Both the decathlon and heptathlon competitions at the Talence Decastar were decided in the final events in a thrilling end to the 2016 IAAF Combined Events Challenge season on Sunday (18). Oleksiy Kasyanov of Ukraine and Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands emerged as the winners in contests that were both settled by less than ten points.
Organisers of the Hypo Meeting have added a host of leading European combined events athletes to the list of confirmed names for IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting in Gotzis on 28-29 May.
The 2015 world champions have been crowned and the Diamond Race contests settled but athletics fans have one final feast of running, jumping and throwing to enjoy at the 39th edition of the Decastar combined-events meeting in Talence, a suburb of the French city of Bordeaux, on Saturday and Sunday (19-20).
Double European sprint champion Dafne Schippers, whose participation at the 2015 Hypo-Meeting had already been announced, is one of eight leading Dutch athletes who will be at the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting in Gotzis on 30-31 May.
With the series having concluded at the recent Asian Games, Germany’s Rico Freimuth and Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands ended the year as the overall winners of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge.
Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus ignored the less-than-ideal weather conditions to piece together a world-leading 8616 score to win the decathlon at the European Championships in Zurich, while Antoinette Nana Djimou successfully defended her heptathlon title.
Russia may have won the overall title at the European Cup Combined Events Super League in the Polish city of Torun, but the individual victories in the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting went to Dutch pair Nadine Broersen and Eelco Sintnicolaas on Saturday and Sunday (6-7).
The famous Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, the Austrian leg of the 2014 IAAF Combined Events Challenge, will celebrate its 40th anniversary between 31 May and 1 June with a gathering of world, Olympic and European medallists at the famous Mosle Stadium.
Life has changed a lot for Nadine Broersen after winning the gold medal in the pentathlon at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot.