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Men's Decathlon

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: USA Bryan Clay
Silver: BLR Andrey Kravchenko
Bronze: CUB Leonel Suárez


The two best decathletes since 2004 had been Czech star [Roman Šebrle] and American [Bryan Clay]. They had taken turns since that time winning the major meets, and at Athina in 2004, Šebrle had won the gold and Clay the silver. They reversed that finish at the 2005 World Championships but in 2007, Šebrle returned to win the Worlds, as Clay was nursing an injury most of that year. At the major invitational, in Götzis, Austria, Clay won in 2006, ending the streak of Šebrle, who had won from 2001-2005. But going into Beijing Clay was favored, partly because Šebrle was at less than his best from injuries, and partly because he had been outstanding at the US Olympic Trials, which he won easily. The first day of the decathlon was difficult, with intermittent rains, which at times became a downpour. Clay won the first event, the 100, in the rain, and also won the long jump, taking a solid lead. When he set a personal best of 16.27 (53-4½) in the shot put, he seemed to be on his way to the gold medal, and was on world record pace. But he jumped poorly in the high jump, and had only a mediocre 400, and he had let the field back in the chase and obviated any chance of a world record. After five events, Šebrle was in fifth, with Clay leading Belarussian [Andrey Kravchenko] by 89 points. On the second day, Clay ran 13.93 in the hurdles and in one of his best events, the discus, nailed it with 53.79 (176-5¾), to secure the gold medal if he could finish. When he made a height in the pole vault, the gold medal was his. Kravchenko was in second after the vault and javelin and held on in the 1,500 with 4:27.47 to get silver. Cuba’s [Lionel Suárez] was a surprising third, moving up from sixth place after the first day. Šebrle never factored for a medal, placing sixth. Clay struggled thru the 1,500, running 5:06.59 but won gold by 240 points.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal P(1985AT)
1 Bryan Clay 28 United States USA Gold 8.791
2 Andrey Kravchenko 22 Belarus BLR Silver 8.551
3 Leonel Suárez 20 Cuba CUB Bronze 8.527
4 Aleksandr Pogorelov 28 Russia RUS 8.328
5 Romain Barras 28 France FRA 8.253
6 Roman Å ebrle 33 Czech Republic CZE 8.241
7 Oleksiy Kasianov 22 Ukraine UKR 8.238
8 André Niklaus 26 Germany GER 8.220
9 Maurice Smith 27 Jamaica JAM 8.205
10 Michael Schrader 21 Germany GER 8.194
11 Mikk Pahapill 25 Estonia EST 8.178
12 Aleksey Drozdov 24 Russia RUS 8.154
13 Andres Raja 26 Estonia EST 8.118
14 Eugène Martineau 28 Netherlands NED 8.055
15 Yordanis García 19 Cuba CUB 7.992
16 Nikolay Shubyonok 23 Belarus BLR 7.906
17 Aleksandr Parkhomenko 27 Belarus BLR 7.838
18 Qi Haifeng 24 China CHN 7.835
19 Massimo Bertocchi 22 Canada CAN 7.714
20 Jangy Addy 23 Liberia LBR 7.665
21 Daniel Awde 20 Great Britain GBR 7.516
22 Hadi Sepehrzad 25 Iran IRI 7.483
23 Damjan Sitar 26 Slovenia SLO 7.336
24 Slaven Dizdarevič 27 Slovakia SVK 7.021
25 David Gómez 27 Spain ESP 6.876
26 Mikko Halvari 25 Finland FIN 6.486
AC Gonzalo Barroilhet 21 Chile CHI DNF
AC Trey Hardee 24 United States USA DNF
AC Jānis Karlivāns 26 Latvia LAT DNF
AC Aleksey Sysoyev 23 Russia RUS DNF
AC Pavel Andreyev 29 Uzbekistan UZB DNF
AC Carlos Chinin 23 Brazil BRA DNF
AC Victor Covalenco 32 Moldova MDA DNF
AC Frédéric Xhonneux 25 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Arthur Abele 22 Germany GER DNF
AC Hans Van Alphen 26 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Vitaly Smirnov 29 Uzbekistan UZB DNF
AC Tom Pappas 31 United States USA DNF
AC Attila Zsivóczky 31 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Dmitry Karpov 27 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF