| Event type

Decathlon, Men

Date8 – 9 August 2012
LocationOlympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Participants31 from 25 countries
FormatScoring by 1985 point tables.

Coming into the US Olympic Trials, it was considered possible that the United States might sweep the medals in this event at London. Bryan Clay was the defending champion, but he had been surpassed in 2010-11 by Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee. They had gone 1-2 at the 2011 World Championships, with Hardee winning, Eaton second. Unfortunately, Clay was struggling in 2012 with injuries and would not finish the Olympic Trials, and the US had only two entrants in London. At the Trials Eaton won, breaking the world record with a mark of 9,039 points.

In the London event, Eaton and Hardee went into the lead early, with Eaton posting the fastest 100 metres, and Hardee second. They remained 1-2 after the long jump, Eaton again winning that event with a mark that would have placed him seventh in the open long jump. Hardee, bigger and stronger than Eaton, moved up after the shot put, but still trailed Eaton by over 100 points. After the first day, Eaton had a 220 point lead on Hardee, who was 55 points ahead of Canada’s Damian Warner. In sixth place was Cuba’s Leonel Suárez, who was considered a medal favorite and was strong on the second day.

Hardee opened the second day by posting 13.54 in the high hurdles, the second fastest ever in a decathlon, although barely ahead of Eaton’s 13.56. When the two made heights in the pole vault, with Hardee still second, but over 200 points ahead of Germany’s Rico Freimuth, the gold and silver medals were decided. Hardee had some concern in the javelin as he had had surgery in the past year on his throwing arm, but got the spear out to 66.65 and actually moved up closer to Eaton, but far from gold medal pace. Suárez rocketed the jav out to 76.94 and moved into third place. In the 1500 Eaton and Hardee ran safe paces, finishing with gold and silver, as Suárez hung on for the bronze medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCPoints100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
13214Ashton EatonUSA886910.358.0314.662.0546.9013.5642.535.2061.964:33.59Gold
23220Trey HardeeUSA867110.427.5315.281.9948.1113.5448.264.8066.654:40.94Silver
31482Leonel SuárezCUB852311.277.5214.502.1149.0414.4545.754.7076.944:30.08Bronze
41140Hans Van AlphenBEL844711.057.6415.482.0549.1814.8948.284.8061.694:22.50
51301Damian WarnerCAN844210.487.5413.732.0548.2014.3845.904.7062.774:29.85
61898Rico FreimuthGER832010.657.2114.871.9048.0613.8949.114.9057.374:37.62
73132Oleksiy KasianovUKR828310.567.5514.451.9948.4414.0946.724.6054.874:33.68
82834Sergey SviridovRUS821910.787.4514.421.9948.9115.4247.434.6068.424:36.63
92778Willem CoertzenRSA817311.097.1713.792.0548.5614.1543.584.5064.794:26.52
101893Pascal BehrenbruchGER812611.067.1515.671.9650.0414.3344.714.7064.804:37.46
112549Eelco SintnicolaasNED803410.857.3714.181.9348.8514.4332.265.3058.824:31.17
122610Brent NewdickNZL798811.107.3615.091.9650.2215.0246.154.7059.824:38.20
131335Gonzalo BarroilhetCHI797211.186.8014.492.0551.0714.1241.275.4057.254:48.23
141469Yordanis GarcíaCUB795610.806.7514.481.9948.7614.2442.274.6059.854:38.57
151760Kévin MayerFRA795211.327.1714.052.0548.7615.5941.204.7062.414:23.02
162828Ilya ShkurenyovRUS794811.017.2512.892.0249.8114.3943.515.1053.814:42.80
171164Eduard MikhanBLR792810.746.9414.751.9348.4214.1544.424.4055.694:38.06
182268Dmitry KarpovKAZ792610.917.2116.471.9949.8314.4044.935.1049.935:16.83
191223Luiz Alberto AraújoBRA784910.707.1613.521.9348.2514.7944.764.6051.594:38.04
202240Keisuke UshiroJPN784211.326.8613.591.9950.7815.4746.664.9066.384:39.33
212552Ingmar VosNED780510.987.2713.771.9649.6214.6142.264.5061.604:50.01
222387Edgars EriņšLAT764910.996.9813.451.9350.6215.2245.104.5057.354:35.88
232411Jangy AddyLBR758610.896.9014.971.9348.6414.2345.614.2050.365:08.14
242050Attila SzabóHUN758111.156.9613.931.9050.8314.9245.144.6058.844:53.81
252425Darius DraudvilaLTU755710.957.1215.171.9650.1314.8746.434.2050.165:03.14
263328Rifat ArtikovUZB720311.376.4114.111.9351.9114.7443.534.4056.625:09.52
AC1910Jan Felix KnobelGER11.427.0515.291.9049.8715.0346.104.40DNF
AC2004Kurt FelixGRN11.127.6313.282.0550.17DNF
AC2948Mihail DudašSRB10.907.5313.761.96DNF
AC1799Daniel AwdeGBR10.716.83DNF
AC1523Roman ŠebrleCZE11.54DNF