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Decathlon, Men

Date8 – 9 August 1984
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants26 from 18 countries
FormatScoring by 1962/1977 point tables.

By 1984 the defending gold medalist, Daley Thompson, was dominant in the decathlon. He had not lost a decathlon since the 1978 European Championships, winning the 1982 European and Commonwealth titles, and was 1984 World Champion. But his victory in Los Angeles was not a foregone conclusion. Thompson no longer held the world record, that mark having been broken three times since 1982 by West German Jürgen Hingsen. Hingsen’s teammates, Siggi Wentz and 1976 silver medalist Guido Kratschmer were also expected to push Thompson. The Soviet-led boycott had minimal effect in 1984, with East German Siegfried Stark the only top international decathlete absent. Despite the German threat, Thompson was superb. He won the first two events, the 100 and long jump, with 10.44 and 8.01 and opened up a lead he never relinquished. He led Hingsen by 210 points after the javelin and coasted in the 1,500 to win the gold medal. Hingsen, Wentz, and Kratschmer finished second, third, and fourth. Thompson’s original mark of 8,797 missed Hingsen’s world record by one point, but a re-read of the photo finishes converted it to 8,798 and equal to Hingsen’s mark. Then in 1985, new decathlon tables were introduced and Thompson’s converted mark became 8,847 and the world record.

PosNrAthleteNOCPointsPoints (1985 Auto Tables)100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
1398Daley ThompsonGBR8798884710.448.0115.722.0346.9714.3346.565.0065.244:35.00GoldWR
2316Jürgen HingsenFRG8673869510.917.8015.872.1247.6914.2950.824.5060.444:22.60SilverOR
3343Siggi WentzFRG8412841610.997.1115.872.0947.7814.3546.604.5067.684:33.96Bronze
4324Guido KratschmerFRG8326835710.807.4015.931.9449.2514.6647.284.9069.404:47.99
5296William MottiFRA8266827811.287.4514.422.0648.1314.7150.924.5063.764:35.15
6894John CristUSA8130811511.336.98w14.052.0648.4515.0146.184.8061.884:23.78
7948Jim WoodingUSA8091805411.047.0113.901.9747.6214.5747.384.6057.204:28.31
8143Dave SteenCAN8047802511.207.41w12.572.0348.0915.3944.044.8056.924:17.70
947Georg WerthnerAUT8012802811.416.9613.801.9449.4415.3641.184.7076.964:16.41
10794Michele RüfenachtSUI7924785510.726.9613.862.0048.6314.5745.304.3055.104:39.47
11383Brad McStravickGBR7890783010.926.8213.381.9448.6815.0145.544.3061.544:25.15
12886Tim BrightUSA7862786211.226.7513.802.0048.8714.5241.745.4053.664:49.27
13796Patrick VetterliSUI7739771711.447.1313.882.0349.8315.1443.824.5064.664:55.06
1427Peter HadfieldAUS7683763311.157.1313.681.7648.5015.0543.364.5055.224:25.90
15170Weng KangqiangCHN7662766211.287.3012.451.8850.5215.2138.744.6069.724:34.10
16845Ku Chin-ShuiTPE7629761411.426.8912.762.0350.5914.9139.704.9062.364:50.75
17686Trond SkramstadNOR7579752211.207.1814.201.8549.2515.0840.024.5054.944:43.02
18949Douglas FernándezVEN7553750511.596.7413.121.8849.8316.0543.524.4067.124:23.96
19846Lee Fu-AnTPE7541747110.987.0013.022.0349.6715.4937.104.5054.964:45.87
20355Colin BorehamGBR7485740011.466.9013.511.9750.1915.4844.104.2052.664:32.50
21744Mohamed Mansour SalahQAT6589647711.516.6211.541.8852.0416.2036.263.5045.024:35.64
22711Claudio EscaurizaPAR6546629011.666.5114.101.8253.0617.5147.764.0064.16
23207Fidel SolórzanoECU6519643911.156.9910.091.9449.2416.2233.543.1048.665:07.38
24434Ángel DíazGUA6342627211.546.489.621.9152.0816.0228.683.3047.964:26.11
25652Vivian CoralieMRI6084600811.375.84w9.791.8251.2816.3932.923.0041.584:26.26
AC247Albert MillerFIJ11.486.3213.071.9150.2215.3638.46DNF