Athletics
Decathlon
Decathlon combines four runs, three jumps, and three throws.
World records
MenFrance Kevin Mayer 9126 pts (2018)
Olympic records
MenCanada Damian Warner 9018 pts (2021)
World Championship records
MenUnited States Ashton Eaton 9045 pts (2015)

The decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of 10 track and field events. The word "decathlon" was formed, in analogy to the word "pentathlon", from Greek δέκα (déka, meaning "ten") and ἄθλος (áthlos, or ἄθλον, áthlon, meaning "contest" or "prize"). Events are held over two consecutive days and the winners are determined by the combined performance in all. Performance is judged on a points system in each event, not by the position achieved.[1] The decathlon is contested mainly by male athletes, while female athletes typically compete in the heptathlon.

Traditionally, the title of "World's Greatest Athlete" has been given to the person who wins the decathlon. This began when Gustav V of Sweden told Jim Thorpe, "Sir, you are the world's greatest athlete" after Thorpe won the decathlon at the Stockholm Olympics in 1912.[2]

The event is similar to the pentathlon held at the ancient Greek Olympics,[3] and also similar to a competition called an "all-around", which was contested at the United States amateur championships in 1884.[4][5] Another all-around was held at the 1904 Summer Olympics.[6] The modern decathlon first appeared at the 1912 Games.[7]

In modern athletics, the 10 events are: 100 metres, 400 metres, 1500 metres, 110 metre hurdles, long jump, high jump, pole vault, discus throw, javelin throw, and shotput. The current official decathlon world record holder is French athlete Kevin Mayer, who scored a total of 9,126 points at the 2018 Décastar in France.

Historical background

The decathlon developed from the ancient pentathlon competitions held at the ancient Greek Olympics. Pentathlons involved five disciplines – long jump, discus throw, javelin throw, sprint and a wrestling match.[3] Introduced in Olympia during 708 BC, this competition was extremely popular for many centuries.

A ten-event competition known as the "all-around" or "all-round" championship, similar to the modern decathlon, was first contested at the United States amateur championships in 1884 and reached a consistent form by 1890.[4][5] While an all-around event was held at the 1904 Summer Olympics, whether it was an official Olympic event has been disputed.[6]

The modern decathlon first appeared in the Olympic athletics program at the 1912 Games in Stockholm.[7]

Format

Men's decathlon

The vast majority of international and top-level men's decathlons are divided into a two-day competition, with the track and field events held in the order below. Traditionally, all decathletes who finish the event, rather than just the winner or medal-winning athletes, do a round of honour together after the competition.[citation needed] The current world record holder is Kevin Mayer from France with 9126 points which he set on September 16, 2018, in Talence, France.

Women's decathlon

At major championships, the women's equivalent of the decathlon is the seven-event heptathlon; before 1981 it was the five-event pentathlon.[8] However, in 2001, the IAAF (now World Athletics) approved scoring tables for a women's decathlon; the current world record holder is Austra Skujytė of Lithuania, with 8,358.[9] Women's disciplines differ from men's in the same way as for standalone events: the shot, discus, and javelin weigh less, and the sprint hurdles use lower hurdles over 100 m rather than 110 m. The points tables used are the same as for the heptathlon in the shared events. The schedule of events differs from the men's decathlon, with the field events switched between day one and day two; this is to avoid scheduling conflicts when men's and women's decathlon competitions take place simultaneously.[10]

One hour

The one-hour decathlon is a special type of decathlon in which the athletes have to start the last of ten events (1500 m) within sixty minutes of the start of the first event. The world record holder is Czech decathlete Robert Změlík, who achieved 7,897 points at a meeting in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, in 1992.[11]

Masters athletics

In Masters athletics, performance scores are age graded before being applied to the standard scoring table. This way, marks that would be competitive within an age division can get rated, even if those marks would not appear on the scale designed for younger age groups. Additionally, like women, the age divisions use different implement weights and lower hurdles. Based on this system, German Rolf Geese in the M60 division and American Robert Hewitt in the M80 divisions have set their respective world records over 8,000 points. Using the same scale, Nadine O'Connor scored 10,234 points in the W65 division, the highest decathlon score ever recorded.[12][13]

Points system

Event A B C
100 m 25.4347 18 1.81
Long jump 0.14354 220 1.4
Shot put 51.39 1.5 1.05
High jump 0.8465 75 1.42
400 m 1.53775 82 1.81
110 m hurdles 5.74352 28.5 1.92
Discus throw 12.91 4 1.1
Pole vault 0.2797 100 1.35
Javelin throw 10.14 7 1.08
1500 m 0.03768 480 1.85

Main article: Decathlon scoring tables

The 2001 IAAF points tables use the following formulae:[14]

A, B and C are parameters that vary by discipline, as shown in the table on the right, while P is the performance by the athlete, measured in seconds (running), metres (throwing), or centimetres (jumping).[14]

The decathlon tables should not be confused with the scoring tables compiled by Bojidar Spiriev, to allow comparison of the relative quality of performances by athletes in different events. On those tables, for example, a decathlon score of 9,006 points equates to 1,265 "comparison points", the same number as a triple jump of 18 m.[15]

Benchmarks

Split evenly between the events, the following table shows the benchmark levels needed to earn 1,000, 900, 800, and 700 points in each sport.

Event 1,000 pts 900 pts 800 pts 700 pts Unit
100 m 10.395 10.827 11.278 11.756 Seconds
Long jump 7.76 7.36 6.94 6.51 Metres
Shot put 18.40 16.79 15.16 13.53 Metres
High jump 2.20 2.10 1.99 1.88 Metres
400 m 46.17 48.19 50.32 52.58 Seconds
110 m hurdles 13.80 14.59 15.419 16.29 Seconds
Discus throw 56.17 51.4 46.59 41.72 Metres
Pole vault 5.28 4.96 4.63 4.29 Metres
Javelin throw 77.19 70.67 64.09 57.45 Metres
1500 m 3:53.79 4:07.42 4:21.77 4:36.96 Minutes:Seconds

Records

Further information: Decathlon world record progression

The official decathlon world record holder is Kevin Mayer of France, with a score of 9,126 points set during the 2018 Décastar in Talence, France, which was ratified by World Athletics.

100m (wind) Long jump (wind) Shot put High jump 400m 110H (wind) Discus Pole vault Javelin 1500m
10.55 (+0.3 m/s) 7.80 m (+1.2 m/s) 16.00 m 2.05 m 48.42 13.75 (-1.1 m/s) 50.54 m 5.45 m 71.90 m 4:36.11

The previous record from Ashton Eaton (9,045 points):

100m (wind) Long jump (wind) Shot put High jump 400m 110H (wind) Discus Pole vault Javelin 1500m
10.23 (-0.4 m/s) 7.88 m (+0.0 m/s) 14.52 m 2.01 m 45.00 WDB 13.69 (-0.2 m/s) 43.34 m 5.20 m 63.63 m 4:17.52
Record Score Athlete Season
World 9,126  Kevin Mayer (FRA) 2018
Continental records
Africa 8,521  Larbi Bourrada (ALG) 2016
Asia 8,725  Dmitriy Karpov (KAZ) 2004
Europe 9,126  Kevin Mayer (FRA) 2018
North, Central America
and Caribbean
9,045  Ashton Eaton (USA) 2015
Oceania 8,649  Ashley Moloney (AUS) 2021
South America 8,393  Carlos Chinin (BRA) 2013

Decathlon bests

The total decathlon score for all world records in the respective events would be 12,629. The total decathlon score for all the best performances achieved during decathlons is 10,630. The Difference column shows the difference in points between the decathlon points that the individual current world record would be awarded and the points awarded to the current decathlon record for that event. The relative differences in points are much higher in throwing events than in running and jumping events.

Decathlon bests are only recognized when an athlete completes the ten-event competition with a score of over 7,000 points.[16]

World records (WR) compared to decathlon bests (DB)
Event Type Athlete Record Score Difference Date Place Ref
100 m
WR  Usain Bolt (JAM) 9.58 s 1,202 136 16 August 2009 Berlin
DB  Damian Warner (CAN) 10.12 s 1,066 25 May 2019 Götzis [17]
4 August 2021 Tokyo [18]
Long jump
WR  Mike Powell (USA) 8.95 m 1,312 134 30 August 1991 Tokyo
DB  Simon Ehammer (SUI) 8.45 m 1,178 28 May 2022 Götzis [19]
Shot put
WR  Ryan Crouser (USA) 23.56 m 1,323 275 27 May 2023 Los Angeles [20]
DB  Edy Hubacher (SUI) 19.17 m 1,048 5 October 1969 Bern
High jump
WR  Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.45 m 1,244 173 27 July 1993 Salamanca
DB  Derek Drouin (CAN) 2.28 m 1,071 7 April 2017 Santa Barbara [21]
400 m
WR  Wayde van Niekerk (RSA) 43.03 s 1,164 104 14 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro [22]
DB  Ashton Eaton (USA) 45.00 s 1,060 28 August 2015 Beijing [23]
110 m hurdles
WR  Aries Merritt (USA) 12.80 s 1,135 76 7 September 2012 Brussels
DB  Damian Warner (CAN) 13.36 s 1,059 30 May 2021 Götzis [24]
Discus throw
WR  Mykolas Alekna (LTU) 74.35 m 1,389 357 14 April 2024 Ramona [25]
DB  Leo Neugebauer (DEU) 57.70 m 1,032 6 June 2024 Eugene [26]
Pole vault
WR  Armand Duplantis (SWE) 6.24 m 1,311 159 20 April 2024 Xiamen [27]
DB  Tim Lobinger (GER) 5.76 m 1,152 16 September 1999 Leverkusen
Javelin throw
WR  Jan Železný (CZE) 98.48 m 1,331 291 25 May 1996 Jena
DB  Peter Blank (GER) 79.80 m 1,040 19 July 1992 Emmelshausen
1500 m
WR  Hicham El Guerrouj (MAR) 3:26.00 min:s 1,218 255 14 July 1998 Rome
DB  Robert Baker (USA) 3:58.7h min:s 963 3 April 1980 Austin
Total World records 12,629 1,960
Decathlon bests 10,669

All-time top 25 men

Rank Score Athlete Date Place Ref
1 9,126  Kevin Mayer (FRA) 15–16 September 2018 Talence [29]
( 10.55/+0.3 - 7.80/+1.2 - 16.00 - 2.05 - 48.42 / 13.75/-1.1 - 50.54 - 5.45 - 71.90 - 4:36.11 )
2 9,045  Ashton Eaton (USA) 28–29 August 2015 Beijing
( 10.23/-0.4 - 7.88/0.0 - 14.52 - 2.01 - 45.00 / 13.69/-0.2 - 43.34 - 5.20 - 63.63 - 4:17.52 )
3 9,026  Roman Šebrle (CZE) 26–27 May 2001 Götzis
( 10.64/0.0 - 8.11/+1.9 - 15.33 - 2.12 - 47.79 / 13.92/-0.2 - 47.92 - 4.80 - 70.16 - 4:21.98 )
4 9,018  Damian Warner (CAN) 4–5 August 2021 Tokyo [30]
( 10.12/+0.2 - 8.24/+0.2 - 14.80 - 2.02 - 47.48 / 13.46/-1.0 - 48.67 - 4.90 - 63.44 - 4:31.08 )
5 8,994  Tomáš Dvořák (CZE) 3–4 July 1999 Prague
( 10.54/-0.1 - 7.90/+1.1 - 16.78 - 2.04 - 48.08 / 13.73/0.0 - 48.33 - 4.90 - 72.32 - 4:37.20 )
6 8,961  Leo Neugebauer (GER) 5–6 June 2024 Eugene [26]
( 10.64/+0.1 - 7.86/+0.9 - 17.46 - 2.07 - 48.03 / 14.36/0.0 - 57.70 - 5.21 - 56.64 - 4:44.61 )
7 8,909  Pierce LePage (CAN) 25–26 August 2023 Budapest [31]
( 10.45/-0.3 - 7.59/+0.2 - 15.81 - 2.08 - 47.21 / 13.77/+0.2 - 50.98 - 5.20 - 60.90 - 4:39.88 )
8 8,891  Dan O'Brien (USA) 4–5 September 1992 Talence
( 10.43/+2.1 - 8.08/+1.8 - 16.69 - 2.07 - 48.51 / 13.98/-0.5 - 48.56 - 5.00 - 62.58 - 4:42.10 )
9 8,867  Garrett Scantling (USA) 6–7 May 2022 Fayetteville [32]
( 10.61/-0.3 - 7.68/+2.4 - 16.27 - 2.04 - 47.08 / 14.10/+3.1 - 55.06 - 5.21 - 57.45 - 4:48.00 )
10 8,832  Bryan Clay (USA) 29–30 June 2008 Eugene
( 10.39/-0.4 - 7.39/-1.6 - 15.17 - 2.08 - 48.41 / 13.75/+1.9 - 52.74 - 5.00 - 70.55 - 4:50.97 )
11 8,815  Erki Nool (EST) 6–7 August 2001 Edmonton
( 10.60/+1.5 - 7.63/+2.0 - 14.90 - 2.03 - 46.23 / 14.40/0.0 - 43.40 - 5.40 - 67.01 - 4:29.58 )
12 8,811  Daley Thompson (GBR) 27–28 August 1986 Stuttgart
( 10.26/+2.0 - 7.72/+1.0 - 15.73 - 2.00 - 47.02 / 14.04/-0.3 - 43.38 - 5.10 - 62.78 - 4:26.16 )
13 8,790  Trey Hardee (USA) 19–20 August 2009 Berlin
( 10.45/+0.2 - 7.83/+1.9 - 15.33 - 1.99 - 48.13 / 13.86/+0.3 - 48.08 - 5.20 - 68.00 - 4:48.91 )
14 8,784  Tom Pappas (USA) 21–22 June 2003 Palo Alto
( 10.78/+0.2 - 7.96/+1.4 - 16.28 - 2.17 - 48.22 / 14.13/+1.7 - 45.84 - 5.20 - 60.77 - 4:48.12 )
15 8,764  Johannes Erm (EST) 10–11 June 2024 Rome [33]
( 10.60/+0.4 - 7.91/+0.2 - 14.99 - 1.99 - 46.81 / 14.30/-0.5 - 44.56 - 5.20 - 62.71 - 4:24.95 )
16 8,756  Lindon Victor (GRN) 25–26 August 2023 Budapest [31]
( 10.60/+0.1 - 7.55/+1.0 - 15.94 - 2.02 - 48.05 / 14.47/+0.2 - 54.97 - 4.80 - 68.05 - 4:39.67 )
17 8,735  Eduard Hämäläinen (BLR) 28–29 May 1994 Götzis
( 10.50/+2.1 - 7.26/+1.0 - 16.05 - 2.11 - 47.63 / 13.82/-3.0 - 49.70 - 4.90 - 60.32 - 4:35.09 )
18 8,732  Ayden Owens-Delerme (PUR) 17–18 April 2024 Walnut
( 10.31/+1.9 - 7.77/+2.6 - 16.26 - 1.98 - 47.23 / 13.73/+0.9 - 46.00 - 5.10 - 59.28 - 4:45.59 )
19 8,730  Jürgen Hingsen (FRG) 27–28 August 1986 Stuttgart
( 10.87/+2.5 - 7.89/+2.8 - 16.46 - 2.12 - 48.79 / 14.52/-0.3 - 48.42 - 4.60 - 64.38 - 4:21.61 )
20 8,725  Dmitriy Karpov (KAZ) 23–24 August 2004 Athens
( 10.50/+2.2 - 7.81/-0.9 - 15.93 - 2.09 - 46.81 / 13.97/+1.5 - 51.65 - 4.60 - 55.54 - 4:38.11 )
21 8,720  Kyle Garland (USA) 6–7 May 2022 Fayetteville [32]
( 10.63/+0.9 - 7.86/+1.0 - 16.44 - 2.16 - 49.04 / 13.71/+1.0 - 46.16 - 4.85 - 59.63 - 4:43.21 )
22 8,706  Frank Busemann (GER) 31 July – 1 August 1996 Atlanta
( 10.60/ - 8.07/+0.8 - 13.60 - 2.04 - 48.34 / 13.47/+0.3 - 45.04 - 4.80 - 66.86 - 4:31.41 )
23 8,705  Dave Johnson (USA) 23–24 April 1992 Azusa
( 10.96/+0.4 - 7.52/+4.5 - 14.61 - 2.04 - 48.19 / 14.17/+0.3 - 49.88 - 5.28 - 66.96 - 4:29.38 )
24 8,694  Chris Huffins (USA) 19–20 June 1998 New Orleans
( 10.31/+3.5 - 7.76/+2.5 - 15.43 - 2.18 - 49.02 / 14.02/+1.0 - 53.22 - 4.60 - 61.59 - 4:59.43 )
25 8,691  Niklas Kaul (GER) 2–3 October 2019 Doha [34]
( 11.27/+0.3 - 7.19/+0.6 - 15.10 - 2.02 - 48.48 / 14.64/+0.7 - 49.20 - 5.00 - 79.05 - 4:15.70 )

Notes

Below is a list of other scores equal or superior to 8750 pts:

All-time top performances women ≥ 8,000 pts

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Rank Score Athlete Date Place Ref
1 8,358  Austra Skujytė (LTU) 14–15 April 2005 Columbia [35]
2 8,246  Jordan Gray (USA) 21–22 August 2021 San Mateo [36]
3 8,150  Marie Collonvillé (FRA) 25–26 September 2004 Talence [35]

Notes

Below is a list of other scores equal or superior to 8000 pts:

Competitions

Olympic medalists

Main article: Combined events at the Olympics

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1912 Stockholm
details
Jim Thorpe
 United States
Hugo Wieslander
 Sweden
Charles Lomberg
 Sweden
Gösta Holmér
 Sweden
1920 Antwerp
details
Helge Løvland
 Norway
Brutus Hamilton
 United States
Bertil Ohlson
 Sweden
1924 Paris
details
Harold Osborn
 United States
Emerson Norton
 United States
Aleksander Klumberg
 Estonia
1928 Amsterdam
details
Paavo Yrjölä
 Finland
Akilles Järvinen
 Finland
Ken Doherty
 United States
1932 Los Angeles
details
Jim Bausch
 United States
Akilles Järvinen
 Finland
Wolrad Eberle
 Germany
1936 Berlin
details
Glenn Morris
 United States
Bob Clark
 United States
Jack Parker
 United States
1948 London
details
Bob Mathias
 United States
Ignace Heinrich
 France
Floyd Simmons
 United States
1952 Helsinki
details
Bob Mathias
 United States
Milt Campbell
 United States
Floyd Simmons
 United States
1956 Melbourne
details
Milt Campbell
 United States
Rafer Johnson
 United States
Vasili Kuznetsov
 Soviet Union
1960 Rome
details
Rafer Johnson
 United States
Yang Chuan-kwang
 Formosa
Vasili Kuznetsov
 Soviet Union
1964 Tokyo
details
Willi Holdorf
 United Team of Germany
Rein Aun
 Soviet Union
Hans-Joachim Walde
 United Team of Germany
1968 Mexico City
details
Bill Toomey
 United States
Hans-Joachim Walde
 West Germany
Kurt Bendlin
 West Germany
1972 Munich
details
Mykola Avilov
 Soviet Union
Leonid Lytvynenko
 Soviet Union
Ryszard Katus
 Poland
1976 Montreal
details
Bruce Jenner
 United States[a]
Guido Kratschmer
 West Germany
Mykola Avilov
 Soviet Union
1980 Moscow
details
Daley Thompson
 Great Britain
Yuriy Kutsenko
 Soviet Union
Sergei Zhelanov
 Soviet Union
1984 Los Angeles
details
Daley Thompson
 Great Britain
Jürgen Hingsen
 West Germany
Siegfried Wentz
 West Germany
1988 Seoul
details
Christian Schenk
 East Germany
Torsten Voss
 East Germany
Dave Steen
 Canada
1992 Barcelona
details
Robert Změlík
 Czechoslovakia
Antonio Peñalver
 Spain
Dave Johnson
 United States
1996 Atlanta
details
Dan O'Brien
 United States
Frank Busemann
 Germany
Tomáš Dvořák
 Czech Republic
2000 Sydney
details
Erki Nool
 Estonia
Roman Šebrle
 Czech Republic
Chris Huffins
 United States
2004 Athens
details
Roman Šebrle
 Czech Republic
Bryan Clay
 United States
Dmitriy Karpov
 Kazakhstan
2008 Beijing
details
Bryan Clay
 United States
Andrei Krauchanka
 Belarus
Leonel Suárez
 Cuba
2012 London
details
Ashton Eaton
 United States
Trey Hardee
 United States
Leonel Suárez
 Cuba
2016 Rio De Janeiro
details
Ashton Eaton
 United States
Kevin Mayer
 France
Damian Warner
 Canada
2020 Tokyo
details
Damian Warner
 Canada
Kevin Mayer
 France
Ashley Moloney
 Australia
2024 Paris
details

World Championships medalists

Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1983 Helsinki
details
 Daley Thompson (GBR)  Jürgen Hingsen (FRG)  Siegfried Wentz (FRG)
1987 Rome
details
 Torsten Voss (GDR)  Siegfried Wentz (FRG)  Pavel Tarnavetskiy (URS)
1991 Tokyo
details
 Dan O'Brien (USA)  Mike Smith (CAN)  Christian Schenk (GER)
1993 Stuttgart
details
 Dan O'Brien (USA)  Eduard Hämäläinen (BLR)  Paul Meier (GER)
1995 Gothenburg
details
 Dan O'Brien (USA)  Eduard Hämäläinen (BLR)  Mike Smith (CAN)
1997 Athens
details
 Tomáš Dvořák (CZE)  Eduard Hämäläinen (FIN)  Frank Busemann (GER)
1999 Seville
details
 Tomáš Dvořák (CZE)  Dean Macey (GBR)  Chris Huffins (USA)
2001 Edmonton
details
 Tomáš Dvořák (CZE)  Erki Nool (EST)  Dean Macey (GBR)
2003 Saint-Denis
details
 Tom Pappas (USA)  Roman Šebrle (CZE)  Dmitriy Karpov (KAZ)
2005 Helsinki
details
 Bryan Clay (USA)  Roman Šebrle (CZE)  Attila Zsivoczky (HUN)
2007 Osaka
details
 Roman Šebrle (CZE)  Maurice Smith (JAM)  Dmitriy Karpov (KAZ)
2009 Berlin
details
 Trey Hardee (USA)  Leonel Suárez (CUB)  Aleksandr Pogorelov (RUS)
2011 Daegu
details
 Trey Hardee (USA)  Ashton Eaton (USA)  Leonel Suárez (CUB)
2013 Moscow
details
 Ashton Eaton (USA)  Michael Schrader (GER)  Damian Warner (CAN)
2015 Beijing
details
 Ashton Eaton (USA)  Damian Warner (CAN)  Rico Freimuth (GER)
2017 London
details
 Kevin Mayer (FRA)  Rico Freimuth (GER)  Kai Kazmirek (GER)
2019 Doha
details
 Niklas Kaul (GER)  Maicel Uibo (EST)  Damian Warner (CAN)
2022 Eugene
details
 Kevin Mayer (FRA)  Pierce LePage (CAN)  Zach Ziemek (USA)
2023 Budapest
details
 Pierce LePage (CAN)  Damian Warner (CAN)  Lindon Victor (GRN)

Continental competitions

Other

Season's bests

[citation needed]

Year Score Athlete Place
1960 8,683  Rafer Johnson (USA) Eugene
1961 8,709  Philip Mulkey (USA) Memphis
1962 8,248  Chuan-Kwang Yang (ROC) Tulare
1963 8,089  Chuan-Kwang Yang (ROC) Walnut
1964 7,950  Manfred Bock (FRG) Liestal
1965 7,883  Mykhaylo Storozhenko (URS) Kyiv
1966 8,234  Bill Toomey (USA) Salina
1967 8,319  Kurt Bendlin (FRG) Heidelberg
1968 8,222 A  Bill Toomey (USA) Echo Summit
1969 8,417  Bill Toomey (USA) Los Angeles
1970 8,130  Rüdiger Demmig (GDR) Erfurt
1971 8,244  Kurt Bendlin (FRG) Bonn
1972 8,466  Mykola Avilov (URS) Munich
1973 8,163  Lennart Hedmark (SWE) Bonn
1974 8,229  Ryszard Skowronek (POL) Montreal
1975 8,429  Bruce Jenner (USA) Eugene
1976 8,634  Bruce Jenner (USA) Montreal
1977 8,400  Aleksandr Grebenyuk (URS) Riga
1978 8,493  Guido Kratschmer (FRG) Bernhausen
1979 8,476  Guido Kratschmer (FRG) Krefeld
1980 8,667  Guido Kratschmer (FRG) Bernhausen
1981 8,334  Rainer Pottel (GDR) Birmingham
1982 8,774  Daley Thompson (GBR) Athens
1983 8,825  Jürgen Hingsen (FRG) Bernhausen
1984 8,847  Daley Thompson (GBR) Los Angeles
1985 8,559  Torsten Voss (GDR) Dresden
1986 8,811  Daley Thompson (GBR) Stuttgart
1987 8,680  Torsten Voss (GDR) Rome
1988 8,512  Christian Plaziat (FRA) Talence
1989 8,549  Dave Johnson (USA) Houston
1990 8,574  Christian Plaziat (FRA) Split
1991 8,812  Dan O'Brien (USA) Tokyo
1992 8,891  Dan O'Brien (USA) Talence
1993 8,817  Dan O'Brien (USA) Stuttgart
1994 8,735  Eduard Hämäläinen (BLR) Götzis
1995 8,695  Dan O'Brien (USA) Gothenburg
1996 8,824  Dan O'Brien (USA) Atlanta
1997 8,837  Tomáš Dvořák (CZE) Athens
1998 8,755  Dan O'Brien (USA) Uniondale
1999 8,994  Tomáš Dvořák (CZE) Prague
2000 8,900  Tomáš Dvořák (CZE) Götzis
2001 9,026  Roman Šebrle (CZE) Götzis
2002 8,800  Roman Šebrle (CZE) Götzis
2003 8,807  Roman Šebrle (CZE) Götzis
2004 8,893  Roman Šebrle (CZE) Athens
2005 8,732  Bryan Clay (USA) Helsinki
2006 8,677  Bryan Clay (USA) Götzis
2007 8,697  Roman Šebrle (CZE) Kladno
2008 8,832  Bryan Clay (USA) Eugene
2009 8,790  Trey Hardee (USA) Berlin
2010 8,483  Bryan Clay (USA) Götzis
2011 8,729  Ashton Eaton (USA) Eugene
2012 9,039  Ashton Eaton (USA) Eugene
2013 8,809  Ashton Eaton (USA) Moscow
2014 8,616  Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) Zürich
2015 9,045  Ashton Eaton (USA) Beijing
2016 8,893  Ashton Eaton (USA) Rio de Janeiro
2017 8,768  Kevin Mayer (FRA) London
2018 9,126  Kevin Mayer (FRA) Talence
2019 8,711  Damian Warner (CAN) Götzis
2020 8,552  Kevin Mayer (FRA) Saint-Paul
2021 9,018  Damian Warner (CAN) Tokyo
2022 8,867  Garrett Scantling (USA) Fayetteville
2023 8,909  Pierce LePage (CAN) Budapest

National records

Equal or superior to 8,000 pts:

Score Nation Athlete Date Place
9,126  France Kevin Mayer 15–16 September 2018 Talence
9,045  United States Ashton Eaton 28–29 August 2015 Beijing
9,026  Czech Republic Roman Šebrle 26–27 April 2001 Götzis
9,018  Canada Damian Warner 4–5 August 2021 Tokyo
8,961  Germany Leo Neugebauer 5–6 June 2024 Eugene
8,847  Great Britain Daley Thompson 8–9 August 1984 Los Angeles
8,815  Estonia Erki Nool 6–7 August 2001 Edmonton
8,756  Grenada Lindon Victor 25–26 August 2023 Budapest
8,735  Belarus Eduard Hämäläinen 28–29 May 1994 Götzis
8,732  Puerto Rico Ayden Owens-Delerme 17–18 April 2024 Walnut
8,730  Finland Eduard Hämäläinen 5–6 August 1997 Athens
8,725  Kazakhstan Dmitriy Karpov 23–24 August 2004 Athens
8,709  Ukraine Aleksandr Apaychev 2–3 June 1984 Neubrandenburg
8,698  Russia Grigoriy Degtyaryev 21–22 June 1984 Kyiv
8,654  Cuba Leonel Suárez 3–4 July 2009 Havana
8,649  Australia Ashley Moloney 4–5 August 2021 Tokyo
8,644  Jamaica Maurice Smith 31 August – 1 September 2007 Osaka
8,635  Norway Sander Skotheim 10–11 June 2024 Rome
8,573  Iceland Jón Arnar Magnússon 30–31 May 1998 Götzis
8,566  Poland Sebastian Chmara 16–17 May 1998 Murcia
8,554  Hungary Attila Zsivoczky 3–4 June 2000 Götzis
8,539  Netherlands Eelco Sintnicolaas 27–28 May 2017 Götzis
8,526  Spain Francisco Javier Benet 16–17 May 1998 Murcia
8,521  Algeria Larbi Bouraada 17–18 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro
8,519  Belgium Hans Van Alphen 26–27 May 2012 Götzis
8,468  Switzerland Simon Ehammer 15–16 August 2022 Munich
8,445  Uzbekistan Ramil Ganiyev 5–6 August 1997 Athens
8,437  Lithuania Rišardas Malachovskis 1–2 July 1988 Minsk
8,406  Sweden Nicklas Wiberg 19–20 August 2009 Berlin
8,398  South Africa Willem Coertzen 30–31 May 2015 Götzis
8,393  Brazil Carlos Chinin 7–8 June 2013 São Paulo
8,359  New Zealand Simon Poelman 21–22 March 1987 Christchurch
8,320  Austria Gernot Kellermayr 29–30 May 1993 Götzis
8,312  Latvia Edgars Eriņš 26–27 May 2011 Valmiera
8,308  Japan Keisuke Ushiro 31 May – 1 June 2014 Nagano
8,291 A  Argentina Tito Steiner 22–23 June 1983 Provo
8,290  China Qi Haifeng 28–29 May 2005 Götzis
8,288  Moldova Valeriy Kachanov 20–21 June 1980 Moscow
8,275  Serbia Mihail Dudaš 10–11 August 2013 Moscow
8,235  Italy Dario Dester 10–11 June 2024 Rome
8,213  Portugal Mário Aníbal 30 June – 1 July 2001 Kaunas
8,206  Republic of China Yang Chuan-Kwang 27–28 April 1963 Walnut
8,199  Bulgaria Atanas Andonov 20–21 June 1981 Sofia
8,182  Bahamas Kendrick Thompson 27–28 May 2023 Götzis
8,069  Greece Prodromos Korkizoglou 1–2 July 2000 Ibach
8,065  Chile Gonzalo Barroilhet 19–20 April 2012 Charlottesville
8,048  Venezuela Geormi Jaramillo 4–5 May 2018 Barquisimeto
8,023  Tunisia Hamdi Dhouibi 9–10 August 2005 Helsinki
8,010 h  Chinese Taipei Yang Chuan-kwang 27–28 April 1963 Walnut
8,004  Ecuador Andy Preciado 30–31 May 2021 Guayaquil

Under-20 records

The world decathlon under-20 record is held by Niklas Kaul, of Germany, who scored 8,435 points at the European U20 Championships in Grosseto, Italy, from 22 to 23 July 2017.

100m (wind) Long jump (wind) Shot put High jump 400m 110H (wind) Discus Pole vault Javelin 1500m
11.48 (-1.3 m/s) 7.20 m (+1.6 m/s) 15.37 m 2.05 m 48.42 14.55 (-0.2 m/s) 48.49 m 4.70 m 68.05 m 4:15.52

The world decathlon under-20 record using senior implements is held by Torsten Voss, of East Germany, who scored 8,397 points in Erfurt, East Germany, from 6–7 July 1982. This was the last record to be ratified because it is no longer a World Athletics under-20 record event.

Key:
NWI = No Wind Indication

100m (wind) Long jump (wind) Shot put High jump 400m 110H (wind) Discus Pole vault Javelin 1500m
10.76 (NWI) 7.66 m (NWI) 14.41 m 2.09 m 48.37 14.37 (NWI) 41.66 m 4.80 m 62.90 m 4:34.04

Key:
+ = Senior implements
* = 6-kg shot, 1.067-m hurdles, 1.75-kg discus
A = Altitude (over 1,000 m)

U20 Record Score Athlete Year
World 8,397+  Torsten Voss (GDR) 1982
8,435  Niklas Kaul (GER) 2017
Area U20 records
Africa 7,548+  Hamdi Dhouibi (TUN) 2011
7,791  Fredriech Pretorius (RSA) 2014
Asia 8,041+  Qi Haifeng (CHN) 2002
Europe 8,397+  Torsten Voss (GDR) 1982
8,435  Niklas Kaul (GER) 2017
North, Central America
and Caribbean
8,257+  Yordani García (CUB) 2007
Oceania 8,103+  Ashley Moloney (AUS) 2019
8,190  Ashley Moloney (AUS) 2018
South America 7,422+  Pedro Ferreira da Silva Filho (BRA) 1985
7,641*  Andrés Byron Silva (URU) 2005
7,762 A  Felipe Vinicius dos Santos (BRA) 2013

Decathlon under-20 bests

(Within a completed decathlon scoring more than 7,000 points)

Event Specification Result (Wind) Score Athlete Nation Date Meet Place Age Ref
100 m 10.31 (+3.5 m/s) 1,020 Roko Farkaš [de]  Croatia 9 August 2023 European U20 Championships Jerusalem 18 years, 179 days [38]
Long jump 7.83 m (+0.4 m/s) 1,017 Simon Ehammer   Switzerland 21 September 2019 Swiss Combined Events Championships Hochdorf 19 years, 226 days [39]
Shot put 6 kg 17.81 m 963 José San Pastor [es]  Spain 1 May 2021 Campionato España Combinadas de Federaciones Autonómicas Valladolid 19 years, 86 days
7.26 kg 15.83 m 841 Rob Muzzio  United States 27 April 1983 Penn Relays Philadelphia 18 years, 306 days [40]
High jump 2.18 m 973 Igor Drobyshevskiy  Soviet Union 25 May 1985 Simferopol 18 years, 220 days [41]
400 m 46.75 971 Ashley Moloney  Australia 25 June 2019 Oceania Championships Townsville 19 years, 104 days [42]
First-day score U20 implements 4,381 Jente Hauttekeete  Belgium 20 August 2021 World U20 Championships Nairobi 19 years, 159 days [43]
Senior implements 4,436 Ashley Moloney  Australia 25 May 2019 Hypomeeting Götzis 19 years, 73 days [44]
110 m hurdles 0.991 m 13.57 (-0.1 m/s) 1,031 Simon Ehammer   Switzerland 20 July 2019 European U20 Championships Borås 19 years, 163 days [45]
1.067 m 13.77 (+1.3 m/s) 1,004 Ladji Doucouré  France 10 June 2001 Meeting International d'Arles Arles 18 years, 74 days [46]
Discus throw 1.75 kg 54.75 m 970 Aleksey Sysoyev  Russia 29 May 2004 Russian Junior Combined Events Cup Krasnodar 19 years, 82 days [47]
Jan Doležal  Czech Republic 19 July 2015 European Junior Championships Eskilstuna 19 years, 43 days [48]
2 kg 51.86 m 909 Aleksandr Agafonov  Soviet Union 12 June 1980 Gomel 19 years, 36 days [49]
Pole vault 5.50 m 1,067 Lawrence Johnson  United States 8 April 1993 Sea Ray Relays Knoxville 19 years, 7 days [50]
Lawrence Johnson  United States 14 May 1993 SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships Knoxville 18 years, 336 days [51]
Baptiste Thiery  France 19 September 2020 French Youth Combined Events Championships Aubagne 19 years, 82 days [52]
Javelin throw 71.59 m 914 Niklas Kaul  Germany 20 July 2016 World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 18 years, 160 days [53]
Old model 76.52 m 989 Aleksandr Apaychev  Soviet Union 1 June 1980 Potsdam 19 years, 26 days [40]
1500 m 4:04.1 923 Dietmar Jentsch [pl]  East Germany 16 June 1979 Erfurt 19 years, 98 days [54]
Second-day score U20 implements 4,265 Niklas Kaul  Germany 23 July 2017 European U20 Championships Grosseto 19 years, 162 days [55]
Senior implements 3,995 Qi Haifeng  China 22 November 2001 Chinese National Games Guangzhou 18 years, 107 days [56]

Other multiple event contests

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