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Men's Decathlon

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: August 5, 1992
Date Finished: August 6, 1992
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: TCH Robert Změlík
Silver: ESP Antonio Peñalver
Bronze: USA Dave Johnson


The top-ranked decathlete in the world in 1991 was American [Dan O’Brien] who won the 1991 TAC Meet with a top score of 8,844 points, and was also the 1991 World Champion. Another American, [Dave Johnson], had been world-ranked #2 in 1990, and won the TAC Meet in 1986, 1989, 1990, and 1992, placing second to O’Brien in 1991. Both athletes were sponsored by Reebok and leading up to the Barcelona Olympics, the shoe manufacturer began a series of ads featuring the two decathletes. In the ads, they were always called simply Dan and Dave, and Reebok showed them training and competing against each other, hoping to reap the rewards of both of them winning medals in the decathlon at Barcelona. But one problem remained – the US Olympic Trials. O’Brien was the stronger of the two and was leading comfortably in that meet on the second day, when he no-heighted in the pole vault. He had no chance to make the Olympic team after that failure. Johnson went on to win the Olympic Trials and make the team.

With O’Brien out, and defending champion [Christian Schenk] injured, the favorite’s role in Barcelona probably fell to 1990 European Champion [Christian Plaziat]. But the event was now highly unpredictable. The lead after day one went to Germany’s [Paul Meier] but after the high hurdles, Czechoslovakia’s [Robert Změlik] took over the lead and never let go. He won quite easily with Spain’s [Antonio Peñalver] 199 points back in second place. Dave Johnson won the bronze medal, bringing Reebok some measure of solace, especially in Europe, since Změlík also wore Reebok.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Robert Změlík 23 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 8.611
2 Antonio Peñalver 23 Spain ESP Silver 8.412
3 Dave Johnson 29 United States USA Bronze 8.309
4 Dezső Szabó 24 Hungary HUN 8.199
5 Rob Muzzio 28 United States USA 8.195
6 Paul Meier 20 Germany GER 8.192
7 William Motti 27 France FRA 8.164
8 Ramil Ganiyev 23 Unified Team EUN 8.160
9 Sten Ekberg 27 Sweden SWE 8.136
10 Rob de Wit 29 Netherlands NED 8.109
11 Gernot Kellermayr 26 Austria AUT 8.076
12 Viktor Radchenko 24 Unified Team EUN 8.071
13 Frank Müller 24 Germany GER 8.066
14 Andrei Nazarov 27 Estonia EST 8.052
15 Alain Blondel 29 France FRA 8.031
16 Álvaro Burrell 23 Spain ESP 7.952
17 Thorsten Dauth 24 Germany GER 7.951
18 David Bigham 21 Great Britain GBR 7.754
19 Dean Smith 24 Australia AUS 7.703
20 Sándor Munkácsy 23 Hungary HUN 7.698
21 Beat Gähwiler 27 Switzerland SUI 7.676
22 Francisco Benet 24 Spain ESP 7.484
23 Alper Kasapoğlu 26 Turkey TUR 7.205
24 Albert Miller 34 Fiji FIJ 6.971
25 Eric Momberger 23 Papua New Guinea PNG 6.780
26 Homelo Vi 24 Tonga TGA 6.768
27 Ibrahim Al-Matrooshi 22 United Arab Emirates UAE 6.124
28 Jorge Flores 20 Honduras HON 5.746
AC Erki Nool 22 Estonia EST DNF
AC Pedro da Silva Filho 25 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Aric Long 22 United States USA DNF
AC Mike Smith 24 Canada CAN DNF
AC Christian Plaziat 28 France FRA DNF
AC Eduard Hämäläinen 23 Unified Team EUN DNF
AC Petri Keskitalo 25 Finland FIN DNF
AC Simon Poelman 29 New Zealand NZL DNF