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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 8, 1984
Date Finished: August 9, 1984
Format: Scoring by 1962/1977 point tables.

Gold: GBR Daley Thompson
Silver: FRG Jürgen Hingsen
Bronze: FRG Siggi Wentz

Summary

By 1984 the defending gold medalist, Daley Thompson, was dominant in the decathlon. He had not lost a decathlon since the 1978 European Championships, winning the 1982 European and Commonwealth titles, and was 1984 World Champion. But his victory in Los Angeles was not a foregone conclusion. Thompson no longer held the world record, that mark having been broken three times since 1982 by West German Jürgen Hingsen. Hingsen's teammates, Siggi Wentz and 1976 silver medalist Guido Kratschmer were also expected to push Thompson. The Soviet-led boycott had minimal effect in 1984, with East German Siegfried Stark the only top international decathlete absent. Despite the German threat, Thompson was superb. He won the first two events, the 100 and long jump, with 10.44 and 8.01 and opened up a lead he never relinquished. He led Hingsen by 210 points after the javelin and coasted in the 1,500 to win the gold medal. Hingsen, Wentz, and Kratschmer finished second, third, and fourth. Thompson's original mark of 8,797 missed Hingsen's world record by one point, but a re-read of the photo finishes converted it to 8,798 and equal to Hingsen's mark. Then in 1985, new decathlon tables were introduced and Thompson's converted mark became 8,847 and the world record.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1977AT) P(1985AT)
1 Daley Thompson 25 Great Britain GBR Gold 8.798 8.847 WR
2 Jürgen Hingsen 26 West Germany FRG Silver 8.673 8.695 OR
3 Siggi Wentz 24 West Germany FRG Bronze 8.412 8.416
4 Guido Kratschmer 31 West Germany FRG 8.326 8.357
5 William Motti 20 France FRA 8.266 8.278
6 John Crist 29 United States USA 8.130 8.115
7 Jim Wooding 30 United States USA 8.091 8.054
8 Dave Steen 24 Canada CAN 8.047 8.025
9 Georg Werthner 28 Austria AUT 8.012 8.028
10 Michele Rüfenacht 24 Switzerland SUI 7.924 7.855
11 Brad McStravick 28 Great Britain GBR 7.890 7.830
12 Tim Bright 24 United States USA 7.862 7.862
13 Patrick Vetterli 22 Switzerland SUI 7.739 7.717
14 Peter Hadfield 29 Australia AUS 7.683 7.633
15 Weng Kangqiang 25 China CHN 7.662 7.662
16 Guu Jin-Shoei 24 Chinese Taipei TPE 7.629 7.614
17 Trond Skramstad 23 Norway NOR 7.579 7.522
18 Douglas Fernández 24 Venezuela VEN 7.553 7.505
19 Lee Fu-An 20 Chinese Taipei TPE 7.541 7.471
20 Colin Boreham 30 Great Britain GBR 7.485 7.400
21 Mohamed Mansour Salah Qatar QAT 6.589 6.477
22 Claudio Escauriza 26 Paraguay PAR 6.546 6.290
23 Fidel Solórzano 22 Ecuador ECU 6.519 6.439
24 Ángel Díaz 22 Guatemala GUA 6.342 6.272
25 Vivian Coralie 22 Mauritius MRI 6.084 6.008
AC Albert Miller 26 Fiji FIJ DNF