The men’s decathlon consists of ten events that are held on two consecutive days. The first day’s events include, in order, a 100-meter run, the long jump, shot put, high jump and a 400-meter run. The second day’s events, in order, include the 110-meter hurdles followed by the discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and a 1500-meter run.
The rules for each event within the decathlon are generally the same as for the individual events themselves, with a few exceptions. Most notably, runners are allowed two false starts instead of one, while competitors receive only three attempts in throwing and jumping events. Competitors cannot pass on any event. Failing to attempt any single event results in disqualification.
EQUIPMENT AND VENUE
Each decathlon event takes place in the same venue, and uses the same equipment, as its individual Olympic Games counterpart. Check the links below for more details on each decathlon event.
- What are Olympic Sprints and Relays?
- What is Olympic Long Jump?
- What is Olympic Shot Put?
- What is Olympic High Jump?
- What are Olympic Hurdles?
- What is Olympic Discus?
- What is Olympic Pole Vault?
- What Is Olympic Javelin?
- What is Olympic Distance Running?
GOLD, SILVER, AND BRONZE
Athletes in the decathlon must achieve an Olympic qualifying score and must qualify for their nation’s Olympic team. A maximum of three competitors per country may compete in the decathlon.
Points are awarded to each athlete according to his time or distance, not his placement in the field, according to pre-set formulas.
If there is a tie in points after 10 events the victory goes to the competitor who out-scored his rival in more events. If that tiebreaker results in a draw, the victory goes to the decathlete who scored the most points in any single event.Read more about Olympic Decathlon Rules and Scoring.
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