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Decathlon, Men

Date3 – 4 August 1928 — 10:00
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Participants38 from 19 countries
FormatScoring by 1912B point tables.

Paavo Yrjölä’s victory at the 1928 decathlon was achieved with a world record of 8,053.290 points on the 1912B tables. Allowing for the conversion from the earlier tables, it was the first world record to better the hallowed mark of Jim Thorpe from the 1912 Olympics. Yrjölä won three of the 10 events, but did not take the lead until the discus throw. His heat of the 110 hurdles had to be re-run after it was noted that the hurdles had been spaced incorrectly. His lead was minimal through eight events (the pole vault), but he won the javelin throw and among the leaders had the fastest time in the 1,500 to pull ahead for the victory. His teammate, Akilles Järvinen, finished second, while three Americans placed 3rd, 4th, and 5th, led by bronze medalist, Ken Doherty, the 1928-29 US champion.

PosNrAthleteNOCPointsPoints (1934 Tables)Points (1952 Tables)Points (1962 Tables)Points (1985 Hand Tables)100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
1813Paavo YrjöläFIN8053.290707162526774658711.86.7214.111.8753.216.642.093.3055.704:44.0GoldOR
2775Akilles JärvinenFIN7931.500708163796815664511.26.8713.641.7551.415.636.953.3055.584:52.4Silver
3525Ken DohertyUSA7706.650680060396593642811.66.6111.851.8052.015.838.723.3056.564:54.0Bronze
4565James StewartUSA7624.135673059256530631011.26.6113.041.8752.816.640.903.3048.075:17.0
5519Tom ChurchillUSA7417.115650556856364616511.66.3212.281.7052.216.838.193.6050.934:55.0
6847Helge JanssonSWE7286.285650256836336611111.46.8513.591.8753.216.636.833.3041.735:27.0
7410Ludwig VeselyAUT7274.850651757686393622411.66.7312.581.7052.215.835.463.2047.444:47.0
8840Albert AnderssonSWE7108.435631555156211603112.06.3012.191.7554.015.836.643.3045.814:44.21
9852Henry LindbladSWE7071.425621053486106590612.06.9712.041.7053.817.035.533.6049.615:23.2
10728Wilhelm LadewigGER6881.520617253986131596411.86.7310.961.8052.416.630.743.1046.104:42.0
11706Hugo BarthGER6850.605608552856029588512.06.8711.341.6552.816.434.893.0052.735:04.6
12261Tatsuo TokiJPN6757.605599851765980579411.66.9011.031.7554.416.834.013.1045.835:10.8
13818Johan MeimerEST6733.150586549735850563611.66.4311.201.7555.018.635.323.0056.885:16.2
14Sven LundgrenSWE6727.045606053156010587811.86.5010.761.5052.416.235.043.3045.714:34.82
15718Erwin HuberGER6702.820597551575958578911.86.7911.921.6054.816.833.073.2045.424:46.0
16809Martti TopeliusFIN6642.115591450775928573612.06.6911.311.7052.418.032.883.1045.794:44.8
17507Barney BerlingerUSA6619.375583949555748549911.65.9713.051.7556.217.232.513.6048.275:58.6
18418Antoni CejzikPOL6356.280561546965622541512.25.9212.111.7053.018.439.432.9043.965:11.43
19726Hermann LemperleGER6293.755556949125512548411.66.5012.961.6552.817.836.9941.054:41.6
20128Stelios BenardisGRE6149.910541745095479527012.06.3711.031.6556.618.031.413.3044.485:13.8
2110Mátyás FarkasHUN6015.635551048335520518011.66.6211.781.6552.217.635.833.0043.13
22256Yonetaro NakazawaJPN5672.175502940545054479512.46.0410.371.751:01.818.431.433.7040.335:54.6
23611Gaston ÉtienneBEL5256.625466837114749457713.05.519.651.501:00.220.829.813.2054.854:51.4
24829Branko KallayYUG5210.650465438194662448711.69.871.7057.616.832.243.0043.985:50.8
25617René Joannes-PowellBEL5190.650479339474882478012.26.039.831.5055.816.826.733.1032.565:18.6
26355Gheorghe CsegeziROU5081.605467937884830465811.86.019.451.6055.620.026.203.0031.855:03.8
27623Gérard NoëlBEL4606.740431135214454410612.45.709.951.7058.019.430.503.0032.64
DNF883Con O'CallaghanIRL11.86.2811.071.7056.217.831.69
DNF453Howard FordGBR12.86.0712.111.6059.820.632.823.10
DNF178Gaston MédécinMON12.06.4611.671.5053.620.030.71
DNF273Adolf MeierSUI11.46.8912.151.6555.016.633.43
DNF289Johannes ViljoenRSA11.06.8510.171.7053.015.628.95
DNF358Ion HaiduROU12.25.7410.511.6059.420.431.59
DNF184Gunnar FredriksenNOR11.86.4511.561.7055.8
DNF187Gunnar HagenNOR12.05.9511.561.7556.4
DNF290George Weightman-SmithRSA11.46.2610.541.60
DNF811Armas WahlstedtFIN11.85.86
DNF359Virgil IoanROU12.4
DNS105Gabriel SempéFRA
DNS145Sylvio CatorHAI
DNS38Elemér SomfayHUN
DNS77Georges KrotoffFRA
DNS257Mikio OdaJPN
DNS59Léon CourtejaireFRA
DNS225Giacomo CarliniITA
DNS284Harry HartRSA
DNS50Géo AndréFRA