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Decathlon, Men

Date29 – 30 July 1976
StatusOlympic
LocationStade olympique, Parc olympique, Montréal, Québec
Participants28 from 15 countries
FormatScoring by 1962/1971 point tables.

In 1972 Bruce Jenner finished 10th in the Olympic decathlon. He then dedicated himself to become the greatest decathlete in the world. In 1974 and 1975 he competed frequently for a decathlete, winning nine of 10 decathlons (he did not finish the 1975 AAU), and being ranked #1 in the world for both years. At the 1976 Olympic Trials, he set his second world record in the event. His biggest competition at Montréal was considered to be the defending champion, Mykola Avilov. Also highly considered were two Poles, Ryszard Skowronek and Ryszard Katus, and the Frenchman, Yves Le Roy. West German Guido Kratschmer led after the first day, with Avilov second and Jenner third. But Jenner was probably the strongest second-day decathlete ever and he was so close that the gold medal would be his if he had a typical day two. And he won the gold medal comfortably. Once he cleared a height in the pole vault, first place was decided, and the only suspense remained the world record. Jenner ran 4:12.61 in the 1,500 to break the world record with 8,618 points (later changed to 8,617 when the tables were changed slightly in 1977). Kratschmer finished second and Avilov won the bronze medal. Jenner used his decathlon victory to become a wealthy man, appearing on television and in movies and with numerous commercial endorsements.

PosNrAthleteNOCPointsPoints (1985 Auto Tables)100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
1935Bruce JennerUSA8618863410.947.2215.352.0347.5114.8450.044.8068.524:12.61GoldWR
2428Guido KratschmerFRG8411840710.667.3914.742.0348.1914.5845.704.6066.324:29.09Silver
3873Nikolay AvilovURS8369837811.237.5214.812.1448.1614.2045.604.4562.284:26.26Bronze
4822Raimo PihlSWE8218821710.936.9915.552.0047.9715.8144.304.4077.344:28.76
5733Ryszard SkowronekPOL8113809911.027.2613.741.9147.9114.7545.344.8062.224:29.89
6404Siegfried StarkGDR8048805111.356.9815.081.9149.1415.6545.484.6574.184:24.93
7890Leonid LitvinenkoURS8025796311.126.9214.201.9148.4414.7146.264.6053.664:11.41
8815Lennart HedmarkSWE7974800211.367.0915.001.9149.8014.7946.424.3078.584:44.28
9883Aleksandr GrebenyukURS7803775911.106.5314.691.9749.2115.0547.164.0068.424:39.62
10432Claus MarekFRG7767768310.817.2313.421.9147.1215.1938.404.3052.324:27.84
11285Johannes LahtiFIN7711765010.897.2813.662.0049.3415.3138.524.2061.724:45.90
12716Ryszard KatusPOL7616756811.067.0413.481.8449.8714.5142.284.5057.544:47.00
13829Luděk PernicaTCH7602753511.406.9713.581.9450.3715.0740.224.4055.264:22.30
14308Philippe BobinFRA7580753211.077.1414.121.9149.7914.9639.844.9050.744:59.65
15957Fred SamaraUSA7504743010.857.0813.001.8450.0714.8740.544.3053.604:40.21
1669Georg WerthnerAUT7493744311.317.1413.491.8850.0815.2635.584.1064.084:27.43
17318Gilles Gémise-FareauFRA7486742311.156.7412.101.9450.0914.8940.124.6052.044:31.81
18382Daley ThompsonGBR7434733010.797.1913.101.9148.1515.9836.364.2045.184:29.55
1990Roger LespagnardBEL7322722111.216.9313.241.9448.9915.6738.644.2046.404:36.67
20809Runald BeckmanSWE7319722911.026.9513.541.8850.6615.6242.404.0058.144:57.28
21442Eberhard StrootFRG7063720210.757.3813.481.8847.6115.2339.8265.104:27.48
2218Tito SteinerARG7052694211.376.7313.851.8450.3015.8240.263.8049.744:43.16
23919Fred DixonUSA6754680810.946.9114.442.0348.3818.1145.8255.964:38.49
AC70Sepp ZeilbauerAUT11.087.2714.912.0348.9414.8744.26DNF
AC89Régis GhesquièreBEL11.596.9914.151.9150.3215.6940.64DNF
AC1003Elías SveinssonISL11.516.3713.941.9451.7716.1941.98DNF
AC488Eltjo SchutterNED11.177.1211.741.802:20.43DNF
AC287Heikki LeppänenFIN11.716.48DNF
DNS360Mike CordenGBR
DNS324Yves Le RoyFRA