The Ultimate Garden Clash series continues on Sunday 7 June with a trans-continental meeting of combined events titans.
As the athletics world took its first few tentative steps into 2020, the 2019 World Championships decathlon seemed a world away.
Two years ago, behind the decathlon medal-winning trio of Kevin Mayer, Rico Freimuth and Kai Kazmirek at the World Championships in London, a breakthrough was happening. 23-year old Estonian Janek Õiglane was having the performance of his career, finishing fourth with a lifetime best of 8371.
Damian Warner of Canada and Austrian Verena Preiner, the bronze medallists at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 in the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively, topped the end-of-season standings in the 2019 IAAF Combined Events Challenge.
On 24 July 1952 at the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Czechoslovakia’s Emil Zátopek kicked away from the field in the final 150 metres to take gold in the 5000m. An hour later, his wife Dana Zátopková matched his achievement by winning the Olympic title in the javelin to complete a husband-wife medal double on the same day.
The first seven events of the decathlon may have been dominated by the story of Kevin Mayer’s fitness struggles, but it eventually boiled down to an enthralling four-way battle for the medals, resulting in Niklas Kaul becoming the youngest world decathlon champion in history.
A year has passed since Kevin Mayer set his world record of 9126. Although he hasn’t contested a full decathlon so far in 2019, the indications are that the 27-year-old Frenchman is in even better form than last year.
Multiple world and Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton and 2016 world indoor pentathlon champion Brianne Theisen-Eaton have been named as ambassadors for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
Brazil’s Darlan Romani produced the highlight of the second day of track and field at the Pan-American Games in Lima on Wednesday (7) by winning the shot put with a Games record of 22.07m.