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Daley Thompson

Full name: Francis Morgan "Daley" Thompson
Nickname(s): Ayodele, Dele
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (184 cm)
Weight: 203 lbs (92 kg)
Born: July 30, 1958 in Notting Hill, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Essex Beagles, Barking (GBR) / Newham and Essex Beagles, London (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

With four world records, two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth titles, and wins in the World and European Championships, Daley Thompson is often considered the greatest decathlete the world has ever seen. The second son of a Nigerian father and Scottish mother, Daley showed a remarkable aptitude for sport while at boarding school in Sussex. Initially he was a member of Haywards Health Harriers but when he returned to London in 1975 he joined the Essex Beagles club. Later that year he won the first two decathlon competitions he entered, while in 1976 he won the AAA title and was the 18th at the Montréal Olympic Games. The following year, he won the European Junior Title and in 1978 came the first of his three Commonwealth titles.

In 1979, he failed to finish in his only decathlon of the year but won the long jump at the UK Championships. He then opened the 1980 Olympic season with a world decathlon record of 8,648 points at Götzis, Austria, in May, and followed this with a comfortable win at the Moscow Olympics. After a quiet 1981 season he was in devastating form in 1982; back at Götzis in May, he raised the world record to 8,730 points and then in September, at the European Championships in Athens, he took the record up to 8,774 points. The following month in Brisbane, Thompson took his second Commonwealth title.

In 1983 Daley was crowned the all-round king at the inaugural World Athletics Championships and became the first decathlete to hold the European, World and Olympic titles simultaneously. He spent much of the summer of 1984 in California preparing for the defense of his Olympic title, with Jürgen Hingsen, the West German who had taken over from Thompson as the world record holder, expected to be a major threat. Thompson took the lead in the first event and was never headed throughout the competition, although it seemed that, by easing off in the 1,500 metres he had missed recapturing the world record by just one point. When the photo-finish pictures were examined, however, it was found that Thompson should have been credited with one more point in the 110 metres hurdles so he had in fact, equaled Hingsen's record. Then when the new scoring tables were introduced, Thompson became the sole record holder once more with a recalculated score of 8,847 points. His two victories in the decathlon are a feat shared only with the American Bob Mathias.

After his Olympic success, Thompson won his third Commonwealth title in 1986 but after that he never quite recaptured the superlative form of earlier years. In 1987 he suffered his first decathlon defeat for nine years when he finished ninth in the World Championships, and at his third Olympics in Seoul in 1988 he finished fourth. He made the Commonwealth Games team for the fourth time in 1990 but was forced to withdraw because of injury and retired when a recurring hamstring injury wrecked his attempt to qualify for the 1992 Olympic Games. After he left the track he embarked on a brief career as a footballer in the lower leagues of English football before becoming a fitness coach with professional clubs Wimbledon and Luton Town.

Later he became a motivational speaker and personal fitness coach as well as being an ambassador for the London Olympic bid.

Apart from his four world records and numerous victories in major championships, Daley Thompson set three world junior records and bettered the UK and Commonwealth record no less than ten times. As befits such a talented all-round athlete, Thompson produced some fine individual performances in the events which go to make up the decathlon; he was the AAA long jump champion in 1977 and was the lead-off man for the sprint relay team at the 1984 Olympics.

Personal Bests\: 100 – 10.26 (1986); 400 – 46.86 (1982); 1500 – 4:20.3 (1976); 110H – 14.04 (1986); HJ – 2.14 (7-0¼) (1982); PV – 5.25 (17-2¾) (1986); LJ – 8.01 (26-3½) (1984); SP – 16.10 (52-10) (1984); DT – 49.10 (161-1¼) (1986); JT – 65.38 (214-6) (1980); Dec – 8847 (1984).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Men's Decathlon Great Britain GBR 18
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Men's Decathlon Great Britain GBR 1 Gold
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 7
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Decathlon Great Britain GBR 1 Gold WR
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Men's Decathlon Great Britain GBR 4

Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain GBR Final 7 39.13 0,155 4
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 38.68
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat Three 2 QU 39.00

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1971AT) P(1977AT) P(1985AT) T(A) D P(1977T) P(1985T) H C/F/P T(H) P(1971HT) T
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 18 7.434 7.436 7.330
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain 100 metres 3 857 908 10.79
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain 100 metres Heat Four 2 857 908 10.79
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Long jump 9 7.19 859 859
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round One NP 7.03
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round Two NP 7.06
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round Three NP 7.19
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Shot put 24 13.10 671 673
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round One NP 12.90
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round Two NP 13.10
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round Three NP 12.45
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain High jump 13T 779 723 1.91
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.70 metres NP o
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.80 metres NP o
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.84 metres NP o
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.88 metres NP xo
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.91 metres NP xxo
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.94 metres NP xxx
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain 400 metres 6 891 902 48.15 48.2 889
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain 400 metres Heat Two 3 892 902 48.15 48.2 889
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain 110 metre hurdles 24 750 735 15.98
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain 110 metre hurdles Heat Two 5 750 735 15.98
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Discus throw 25 36.36 612 591
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Discus throw Round One NP 36.36
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Discus throw Round Two NP 35.70
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Discus throw Round Three NP 34.46
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 15T 859 673 4.20
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 3.60 metres NP o
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 3.80 metres NP o
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 4.00 metres NP o
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 4.10 metres NP xo
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 4.20 metres NP o
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 4.30 metres NP xxx
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw 23 45.18 566 518
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round One NP foul
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round Two NP 33.08
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round Three NP 45.18
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain 1,500 metres 11 592 748 4:29.55
1976 Summer 17 Montréal Athletics Great Britain 1,500 metres Heat One 3 4:29.55
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 1 8.495 8.522
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain 100 metres 1 900 947 10.62
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain 100 metres Heat Two 1 900 947 10.62
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Long jump 1 OB 8.00 1.020 1.061
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Shot put 5 15.18 799 801
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain High jump 2T 925 878 2.08
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain 400 metres 1 898 909 48.01
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain 400 metres Heat Three 1 898 909 48.01
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain 110 metre hurdles 2 907 915 14.47
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain 110 metre hurdles Heat Three 1 907 915 14.47
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Discus throw 12 42.24 729 710
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 5T 981 819 4.70
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw 6 64.16 811 801
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain 1,500 metres 10 525 681 4:39.9
1980 Summer 21 Moskva Athletics Great Britain 1,500 metres Heat Three 6 525 681 4:39.9
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 1 WR 8.798 8.847
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain 100 metres 1 948 989 10.44
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain 100 metres Heat Four 1 948 989 10.44
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Long jump 1 OB 1.022 1.063 8.01
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round One NP 7.83
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round Two NP 7.84
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round Three NP 8.01
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Shot put 4 831 834 15.72
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round One NP 15.72
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round Two NP foul
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round Three NP 15.52
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain High jump 5T 882 831 2.03
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.91 metres NP o
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.97 metres NP o
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain High jump 2.00 metres NP o
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain High jump 2.03 metres NP xxo
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain High jump 2.06 metres NP xxx
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain 400 metres 1 950 960 46.97
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain 400 metres Heat Four 1 950 960 46.97
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain 110 metre hurdles 2 923 932 14.33
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain 110 metre hurdles Heat Four 2 923 932 14.33
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Discus throw 7 810 799 46.56
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Discus throw Round One NP 37.90
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Discus throw Round Two NP 41.24
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Discus throw Round Three NP 46.56
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 2 1.052 910 5.00
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 4.50 metres NP o
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 4.70 metres NP xo
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 4.90 metres NP xxo
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 5.00 metres NP o
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 5.10 metres NP xxx
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw 6 824 817 65.24
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round One NP 65.24
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round Two NP foul
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round Three NP 63.36
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain 1,500 metres 14 556 712 4:35.00
1984 Summer 25 Los Angeles Athletics Great Britain 1,500 metres Heat Two 7 556 712 4:35.00
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Final Standings 4 8.306
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain 100 metres 1 947 10.62
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain 100 metres Heat Four 1 947 10.62
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Long jump 8 905 7.38
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round One NP 7.20
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round Two NP 7.38
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Long jump Round Three NP 7.24
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Shot put 9 791 15.02
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round One NP 15.02
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round Two NP foul
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Shot put Round Three NP foul
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain High jump 7T 831 2.03
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.82 metres NP o
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.88 metres NP o
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.94 metres NP o
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain High jump 1.97 metres NP o
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain High jump 2.00 metres NP o
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain High jump 2.03 metres NP o
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain High jump 2.06 metres NP xxx
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain 400 metres 16 858 49.06
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain 400 metres Heat Four 5 858 49.06
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain 110 metre hurdles 10 884 14.72
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain 110 metre hurdles Heat One 4 884 14.72
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Discus throw 9 763 44.80
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Discus throw Round One NP 44.44
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Discus throw Round Two NP 44.80
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Discus throw Round Three NP 42.26
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 7T 880 4.90
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 4.60 metres NP xo
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 4.80 metres NP xxo
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Pole vault 4.90 metres NP xxx
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw 8 799 64.04
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round One NP 59.06
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round Two NP 60.62
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain Javelin throw Round Three NP 64.04
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain 1,500 metres 23 648 4:45.11
1988 Summer 30 Seoul Athletics Great Britain 1,500 metres Heat Two 13 648 4:45.11