Zach Ziemek
Personal information
Born (1993-02-23) February 23, 1993 (age 30)
Itasca, Illinois, United States
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[1]
SportTrack and field
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Eugene Decathlon

Zach Ziemek (born February 23, 1993) is an American athlete competing in the decathlon. Ziemek won the bronze medal at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene with a personal best score of 8676.[2] In 2021 he finished 6th at the Tokyo Olympics.[3] He represented his country at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, where he finished 15th.[4] Ziemek finished 7th in the decathlon at the 2016 Olympics.[5]


At the 2020 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) Ziemek came third behind Garrett Scantling and Steve Bastien (athlete) with an Olympic qualifying score to earn a spot at the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics.[6][7] At the trials, Ziemek set the world record in the decathlon jumping events with performances of 7.74 in the long jump, 2.14 in the high jump, and 5.55 in the pole vault.[8] Only three other men have ever gone higher in an 8000+pt decathlon: Erki Nool (5.60m in his 8628, 1998), Aleksandr Averbukh (5.60m in his 8084, 1997) and Timothy Bright (5.70m in his 8216, 1988)[9]

His main personal bests are 8471 points in the decathlon (Eugene 2021)[10] and 6173 points in the indoor heptathlon (Birmingham 2016).[4]

Ziemek resides in Sun Prairie, WI and trains at his alma mater the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is coached by Nate Davis, assistant coach for the Wisconsin track & field team. He is married to Victoria Paulson Ziemek.[11]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 15th Decathlon 8006 pts[4]
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th Decathlon 8392 pts[4]
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom Decathlon DNF
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 6th Heptathlon 5941 pts
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 6th Decathlon 8435 pts
2022 World Championships Eugene, United States 3rd Decathlon 8676 pts
2023 World Championships Budapest, Hungary Decathlon DNF

Personal bests


  1. ^ "Zach Ziemek | Men's Track & Field". Wisconsin Badgers.
  2. ^ "Mayer regains world decathlon title in Oregon | REPORT | WCH 22 | World Athletics". Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  3. ^ "Zachery ZIEMEK | Profile | World Athletics". Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Zach Ziemek at World Athletics Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "Zach Ziemek".
  6. ^ "The Latest: Scantling wins decathlon, off to Tokyo Games". AP. 21 June 2021. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021.
  7. ^ "2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field".
  8. ^ "All Time Decathlon Event Performances". decathlon2000.
  9. ^ "Review: Ratingen and US Trials – the Virtual Thorpe Cup". 23 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Zachery Ziemek".
  11. ^ Gregory, Ryan (15 July 2021). "Sun Prairie resident will return to Olympics".
  12. ^ a b c d "Zachery Ziemek | Profile | World Athletics".