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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

Athletics at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 8, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: USA Ashton Eaton
Silver: USA Trey Hardee
Bronze: CUB Leonel Suárez

Summary

Coming into the US Olympic Trials, it was considered possible that the United States might sweep the medals in this event at London. Bryan Clay was the defending champion, but he had been surpassed in 2010-11 by Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee. They had gone 1-2 at the 2011 World Championships, with Hardee winning, Eaton second. Unfortunately, Clay was struggling in 2012 with injuries and would not finish the Olympic Trials, and the US had only two entrants in London. At the Trials Eaton won, breaking the world record with a mark of 9,039 points.

In the London event, Eaton and Hardee went into the lead early, with Eaton posting the fastest 100 metres, and Hardee second. They remained 1-2 after the long jump, Eaton again winning that event with a mark that would have placed him seventh in the open long jump. Hardee, bigger and stronger than Eaton, moved up after the shot put, but still trailed Eaton by over 100 points. After the first day, Eaton had a 220 point lead on Hardee, who was 55 points ahead of Canada's Damian Warner. In sixth place was Cuba's Leonel Suárez, who was considered a medal favorite and was strong on the second day.

Hardee opened the second day by posting 13.54 in the high hurdles, the second fastest ever in a decathlon, although barely ahead of Eaton's 13.56. When the two made heights in the pole vault, with Hardee still second, but over 200 points ahead of Germany's Rico Freimuth, the gold and silver medals were decided. Hardee had some concern in the javelin as he had had surgery in the past year on his throwing arm, but got the spear out to 66.65 and actually moved up closer to Eaton, but far from gold medal pace. Suárez rocketed the jav out to 76.94 and moved into third place. In the 1500 Eaton and Hardee ran safe paces, finishing with gold and silver, as Suárez hung on for the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Ashton Eaton 24 United States USA Gold 8869
2 Trey Hardee 28 United States USA Silver 8671
3 Leonel Suárez 24 Cuba CUB Bronze 8523
4 Hans Van Alphen 30 Belgium BEL 8447
5 Damian Warner 22 Canada CAN 8442
6 Rico Freimuth 24 Germany GER 8320
7 Oleksiy Kasianov 26 Ukraine UKR 8283
8 Sergey Sviridov 21 Russia RUS 8219
9 Willem Coertzen 29 South Africa RSA 8173
10 Pascal Behrenbruch 27 Germany GER 8126
11 Eelco Sintnicolaas 25 Netherlands NED 8034
12 Brent Newdick 27 New Zealand NZL 7988
13 Gonzalo Barroilhet 25 Chile CHI 7972
14 Yordanis García 23 Cuba CUB 7956
15 Kevin Mayer 20 France FRA 7952
16 Ilya Shkurenyov 21 Russia RUS 7948
17 Eduard Mikhan 23 Belarus BLR 7928
18 Dmitry Karpov 31 Kazakhstan KAZ 7926
19 Luiz Alberto Araújo 25 Brazil BRA 7849
20 Keisuke Ushiro 26 Japan JPN 7842
21 Ingmar Vos 26 Netherlands NED 7805
22 Edgars Eriņš 26 Latvia LAT 7649
23 Jangy Addy 27 Liberia LBR 7586
24 Attila Szabó 28 Hungary HUN 7581
25 Darius Draudvila 29 Lithuania LTU 7557
26 Rifat Artikov 29 Uzbekistan UZB 7203
AC Jan Felix Knobel 23 Germany GER DNF
AC Kurt Felix 24 Grenada GRN DNF
AC Mihail Dudaš 22 Serbia SRB DNF
AC Daniel Awde 24 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Roman Šebrle 37 Czech Republic CZE DNF