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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 23, 2004
Date Finished: August 24, 2004
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: CZE Roman Šebrle
Silver: USA Bryan Clay
Bronze: KAZ Dmitry Karpov

Summary

The 2003 World Champion was American Tom Pappas, but the world record holder was the Czech, Roman Šebrle, who had won the 2002 European Championships, and in 2001 at Götzis, had broken the 9,000-point barrier with a world record of 9,026. But Pappas was injured going into the Olympics and he would eventually withdraw after a no-height in the pole vault. This left the favorite’s role to Šebrle. American Bryan Clay started strong with 10.44 and 7.96 and after two events led by 52 points ahead of the Kazakh, Dmitry Karpov. Karpov led after the first day with Šebrle second and Clay third. They held those positions thru the pole vault but Šebrle won the javelin with 70.52, with Clay second in that event with 69.71. Karpov finished only 21st in the javelin and fell back to third place entering the 1,500. The medals were sorted out with Karpov almost 400 points ahead of the Netherlands’ Chiel Warners. Šebrle held a 63 point lead over Clay going into the 1,500, but outran him by about one second to secure the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Roman Šebrle 29 Czech Republic CZE Gold 8.893 OR
2 Bryan Clay 24 United States USA Silver 8.820
3 Dmitry Karpov 23 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze 8.725
4 Dean Macey 26 Great Britain GBR 8.414
5 Chiel Warners 26 Netherlands NED 8.343
6 Attila Zsivóczky 27 Hungary HUN 8.287
7 Laurent Hernu 27 France FRA 8.237
8 Erki Nool 34 Estonia EST 8.235
9 Claston Bernard 25 Jamaica JAM 8.225
10 Roland Schwarzl 23 Austria AUT 8.102
11 Aleksandr Pogorelov 24 Russia RUS 8.084
12 Florian Schönbeck 30 Germany GER 8.077
13 Romain Barras 24 France FRA 8.067
14 Maurice Smith 23 Jamaica JAM 8.023
15 Nikolay Averyanov 24 Russia RUS 8.021
16 Jaakko Ojaniemi 23 Finland FIN 8.006
17 Vitaly Smirnov 25 Uzbekistan UZB 7.993
18 Qi Haifeng 21 China CHN 7.934
19 Stefan Drews 25 Germany GER 7.926
20 Aleksandr Parkhomenko 23 Belarus BLR 7.918
21 Paul Terek 24 United States USA 7.893
22 David Gómez 23 Spain ESP 7.865
23 Indrek Turi 23 Estonia EST 7.708
24 Santiago Lorenzo 26 Argentina ARG 7.592
25 Jānis Karlivāns 22 Latvia LAT 7.583
26 Prodromos Korkizoglou 29 Greece GRE 7.573
27 Hans Olav Uldal 21 Norway NOR 7.495
28 Paolo Casarsa 29 Italy ITA 7.404
29 Eugène Martineau 24 Netherlands NED 7.185
30 Victor Covalenco 28 Moldova MDA 6.543
AC Tom Pappas 27 United States USA DNF
AC Luiggy Llanos 25 Puerto Rico PUR DNF
AC Pavel Andreyev 25 Uzbekistan UZB DNF
AC Ahmad Hassan Moussa 23 Qatar QAT DNF
AC Dennis Leyckes 22 Germany GER DNF
AC Jón Arnar Magnússon 35 Iceland ISL DNF
AC Kristjan Rahnu 24 Estonia EST DNF
AC Lev Lobodin 35 Russia RUS DNF
AC Tomáš Dvořák 32 Czech Republic CZE DNF