Thomas Van der Plaetsen
Thomas Van der Plaetsen Sopot 2014.jpg
Thomas Van der Plaetsen during the 2014 World Indoor Championships
Personal information
Full nameThomas Van der Plaetsen
Born (1990-12-24) 24 December 1990 (age 31)
Ghent, Belgium
EducationGhent University[1]
Height186 cm (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Weight81 kg (179 lb)[2]
SportTrack and field athletics
Coached byMichael Van Der Plaetsen
Achievements and titles
World finals2
Personal best(s)8332 pts

Thomas Van der Plaetsen (born 24 December 1990 in Ghent) is a Belgian decathlete.[3] His biggest achievements are winning the Gold Medal for Decathlon at the 2016 European Athletics Championships, winning Bronze Medal for Heptathlon at the 2014 World Indoor Championships, and Gold Medal for Decathlon at the 2013 and 2015 Summer Universiade.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Belgium
2009 European Junior Championships Novi Sad, Serbia 1st Decathlon 7769 pts
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 6th Heptathlon 6020
European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st Decathlon 8157
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 13th Decathlon 8069
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia 1st Decathlon 8164
World Championships Moscow, Russia 15th Decathlon 8255
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 3rd Heptathlon 6259
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 10th Decathlon 8105
2015 Universiade Gwangju, South Korea 1st Decathlon 7952
World Championships Beijing, China 14th Decathlon 8035
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1st Decathlon 8218
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th Decathlon 8332
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom Decathlon DNF
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany Decathlon DNF
2019 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 6th Heptathlon 5989
World Championships Doha, Qatar 9th Decathlon 8125
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan Decathlon DNF

Personal bests



Health problems

In October 2014, it became known that during an unannounced doping control test in September 2014, Van der Plaetsen had tested positive for the hormone HCG. On 2 October 2014 Van der Plaetsen revealed that those heightened HCG levels were caused by up to then undiagnosed testicular cancer, for which he was then treated.[4]


  1. ^ 2013 Universiade profile
  2. ^ a b "Les 8 athlètes belges masculins à Daegu".
  3. ^ Thomas Van der Plaetsen at World Athletics
  4. ^ 'Betrapte' Van der Plaetsen heeft teelbalkanker