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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 27, 2000
Date Finished: September 28, 2000
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: EST Erki Nool
Silver: CZE Roman Šebrle
Bronze: USA Chris Huffins

Summary

Tomáš Dvořák of the Czech Republic had won the 1997 and 1999 World Championships. In 1999 he had scared the 9,000 barrier with a world-record 8,994 points in Praha. In June 2000 he would show his form by winning at Götzis with 8,900 points, which would lead the world list for 2000. He was favored in Sydney, with only Estonia’s Erki Nool, 1998 European Champion, given much chance against him. Nool was world-ranked #2 in both 1998-99, trailing Dvořák in 1999. American, Chris Huffins, a top sprinter/jumper, won the 100 in 10.48 and led after every event on day one, finishing with 4,554 points, eight points ahead of Britain’s Dean Macey, and 49 points ahead of Nool. Dvořák struggled on day one, placing seventh, 250 points behind Huffins. Huffins placed second in the 110 hurdles with 13.91 and continued to lead thru the pole vault, the eighth event, Nool still trailing in second place. By then Dvořák was out of medal consideration in eighth place. Nool was fortunate in the discus throw. After two fouls, his third throw was also declared a foul, but was then reinstated by an official, giving him a valid throw and keeping him in the competition. There were protests from other teams but the discus mark was allowed to stand. In the javelin, Nool defeated Huffins by 9.20 metres, narrowing the gap to only 14 points behind him – 7,907-7,893. Nool had to defeat Huffins by about three seconds in the 1,500 to win the gold medal but was considered a much better 1,500 runner. Nool ran 4:29.48, leading Huffins comfortably (by 9.23 seconds), and won the gold medal by 35 points over the Czech decathlete, Roman Šebrle, with Huffins getting the bronze medal. Tomáš Dvořák placed sixth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Erki Nool 30 Estonia EST Gold 8.641
2 Roman Šebrle 25 Czech Republic CZE Silver 8.606
3 Chris Huffins 30 United States USA Bronze 8.595
4 Dean Macey 22 Great Britain GBR 8.567
5 Tom Pappas 24 United States USA 8.425
6 Tomáš Dvořák 28 Czech Republic CZE 8.385
7 Frank Busemann 25 Germany GER 8.351
8 Attila Zsivóczky 23 Hungary HUN 8.277
9 Stefan Schmid 30 Germany GER 8.206
10 Henrik Dagård 31 Sweden SWE 8.178
11 Zsolt Kürtösi 29 Hungary HUN 8.149
12 Mário Aníbal 28 Portugal POR 8.136
13 Lev Lobodin 31 Russia RUS 8.071
14 Jiří Ryba 24 Czech Republic CZE 8.056
15 Raúl Duany 25 Cuba CUB 8.054
16 Oleksandr Yurkov 25 Ukraine UKR 7.993
17 Indrek Kaseorg 32 Estonia EST 7.932
18 Klaus Ambrosch 27 Austria AUT 7.917
19 Laurent Hernu 24 France FRA 7.909
20 Wilfrid Boulineau 30 France FRA 7.821
21 Kip Janvrin 35 United States USA 7.726
22 Volodymyr Mykhailenko 27 Ukraine UKR 7.676
23 Fedir Laukhin 26 Ukraine UKR 7.652
24 Eduard Hämäläinen 31 Finland FIN 7.520
25 Mike Maczey 27 Germany GER 7.228
AC Eugenio Balanqué 31 Cuba CUB DNF
AC Claston Bernard 21 Jamaica JAM DNF
AC Prodromos Korkizoglou 25 Greece GRE DNF
AC Scott Ferrier 26 Australia AUS DNF
AC Roman Razbeyko 27 Russia RUS DNF
AC Georgios Andreou 26 Cyprus CYP DNF
AC Aki Heikkinen 20 Finland FIN DNF
AC Trond Høiby 27 Norway NOR DNF
AC Sébastien Levicq 29 France FRA DNF
AC Jón Arnar Magnússon 31 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Francisco Benet 32 Spain ESP DNF
AC Philipp Huber 26 Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Oleg Veretelnikov 28 Uzbekistan UZB DNF