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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Decathlon

Athletics at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 17, 2016
Date Finished: August 18, 2016
Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.

Gold: USA Ashton Eaton
Silver: FRA Kévin Mayer
Bronze: CAN Damian Warner


[Ashton Eaton] came to Rio as the heavy favorite. He was the defending gold medalist and the 2013 and 2015 World Champion, and a two-time world record setter. Barring injury, the gold medal was conceded to him, with Canadian [Damian Warner] expected to win silver. In the end, Eaton won the gold medal he was supposed to win, and Warner won bronze, but Eaton’s victory was not that easy, as nobody was counting on France’s [Kevin Mayer] to have the meet of his life, with several personal bests.

Warner opened by winning the 100 metres in 10.30, with Eaton second in 10.46, but Eaton moved ahead after the long jump, with a mark of 7.94. The shot put leader was Mayer, who threw 15.76 to move into third, just behind Warner. Eaton won the 400 in 46.07 in what was probably his best event, while German [Kai Kazmirek] moved into second place after day one, with Warner in third place, and Mayer in fourth, despite running a PR 48.28.

Warner, the best decathlon hurdler, won the 110 hurdles to open day two, and move back into second, with Mayer third. Eaton seemed to seal the gold medal when he cleared his second height of 4.90 in the pole vault, but there was some drama, as he cleared only on his third attempt. Mayer set another PR of 5.40 in the vault to move into a solid second, well ahead of Warner, and creeping up on Eaton. When Mayer threw a near PR of 65.04 in round one of the javelin, and Eaton posted only 53.26, Mayer briefly moved into the lead, but Eaton recovered with 59.77 in the third round and led going into the 1,500, but only by 44 points. Mayer needed to outrun Eaton by 6.4 seconds in the 1,500, which was unlikely as Eaton was a superior runner, and it was not to be for the Frenchman, who held on for the silver, with Warner getting bronze.

Earlier in Rio, Eaton’s wife, [Brianne Theisen-Eaton] had entered the heptathlete as one of the favorites for gold, and certainly a medal. Had they both won gold, they would have been the first married couple to win individual gold medals at the same Olympics while competing for different countries, but Theisen-Eaton ended up with the bronze medal. Both Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton announced their competitive retirements in early 2017.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Ashton Eaton 28 United States USA Gold 8893 =OR
2 Kévin Mayer 24 France FRA Silver 8834
3 Damian Warner 26 Canada CAN Bronze 8666
4 Kai Kazmirek 25 Germany GER 8580
5 Larbi Bourrada 28 Algeria ALG 8521
6 Leonel Suárez 28 Cuba CUB 8460
7 Zach Ziemek 23 United States USA 8392
8 Thomas Van der Plaetsen 25 Belgium BEL 8332
9 Kurt Felix 28 Grenada GRN 8323
10 Luiz Alberto Araújo 29 Brazil BRA 8315
11 Jeremy Taiwo 26 United States USA 8300
12 Adam Helcelet 24 Czech Republic CZE 8291
13 Bastien Auzeil 26 France FRA 8064
14 Cedric Dubler 21 Australia AUS 8024
15 Arthur Abele 30 Germany GER 8013
16 Lindon Victor 23 Grenada GRN 7998
17 Pau Tonnesen 23 Spain ESP 7982
18 Yordanis García 27 Cuba CUB 7961
19 Dominik Distelberger 26 Austria AUT 7954
20 Keisuke Ushiro 30 Japan JPN 7952
21 Paweł Wiesiołek 24 Poland POL 7784
22 Akihiko Nakamura 25 Japan JPN 7612
23 Karl Robert Saluri 22 Estonia EST 7223
24 Maicel Uibo 23 Estonia EST 7170
26 Jiří Sýkora 21 Czech Republic CZE 6237
AC Mihail Dudaš 26 Serbia SRB DNF
AC Oleksiy Kasianov 30 Ukraine UKR DNF
AC Pieter Braun 23 Netherlands NED DNF
AC Rico Freimuth 28 Germany GER DNF
AC Willem Coertzen 33 South Africa RSA DNF
AC Leonid Andreyev 32 Uzbekistan UZB DNF
AC Eelco Sintnicolaas 29 Netherlands NED DNF