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Decathlon, Men

Date5 – 6 August 1992
StatusOlympic
LocationEstadio Olímpico de Montjuïc, Barcelona
Participants36 from 24 countries
FormatScoring by 1985 point tables.

The top-ranked decathlete in the world in 1991 was American Dan O’Brien who won the 1991 TAC Meet with a top score of 8,844 points, and was also the 1991 World Champion. Another American, Dave Johnson, had been world-ranked #2 in 1990, and won the TAC Meet in 1986, 1989, 1990, and 1992, placing second to O’Brien in 1991. Both athletes were sponsored by Reebok and leading up to the Barcelona Olympics, the shoe manufacturer began a series of ads featuring the two decathletes. In the ads, they were always called simply Dan and Dave, and Reebok showed them training and competing against each other, hoping to reap the rewards of both of them winning medals in the decathlon at Barcelona. But one problem remained – the US Olympic Trials. O’Brien was the stronger of the two and was leading comfortably in that meet on the second day, when he no-heighted in the pole vault. He had no chance to make the Olympic team after that failure. Johnson went on to win the Olympic Trials and make the team.

With O’Brien out, and defending champion Christian Schenk injured, the favorite’s role in Barcelona probably fell to 1990 European Champion Christian Plaziat. But the event was now highly unpredictable. The lead after day one went to Germany’s Paul Meier but after the high hurdles, Czechoslovakia’s Robert Změlik took over the lead and never let go. He won quite easily with Spain’s Antonio Peñalver 199 points back in second place. Dave Johnson won the bronze medal, bringing Reebok some measure of solace, especially in Europe, since Změlík also wore Reebok.

PosNrAthleteNOCPoints100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
11610Robert ZmělíkTCH861110.787.8714.532.0648.6513.9545.005.1059.064:27.21Gold
2443Antonio PeñalverESP841211.097.5416.502.0649.6614.5849.684.9058.644:38.02Silver
31719Dave JohnsonUSA830911.167.3315.282.0049.7614.7649.125.1062.864:36.63Bronze
4928Dezső SzabóHUN819911.097.4213.731.9748.2414.8639.225.3059.144:19.96
51739Rob MuzzioUSA819511.366.9416.022.0050.0014.7550.744.9061.644:31.52
6836Paul MeierGER819210.757.5415.342.1548.3315.2242.144.6055.444:38.21
7647William MottiFRA816411.427.1315.442.1250.4415.0250.584.7067.504:48.89
8505Ramil GaniyevEUN816010.977.49w14.352.1249.3014.7845.084.9054.704:42.20
91566Sten EkbergSWE813611.117.0214.322.0348.9114.9745.764.9062.224:29.11
101278Rob de WitNED810911.097.0215.482.0049.2414.8948.344.8061.364:41.39
111832Gernot KellermayrAUT807610.497.5314.561.9147.9114.6445.064.8053.744:52.56
12551Viktor RadchenkoEUN807111.307.3315.211.9750.6214.7844.844.9062.564:33.49
13831Frank MüllerGER806610.957.2513.551.9747.9814.5142.564.6061.844:29.19
14458Andrei NazarovEST805211.037.1313.112.0949.0314.6044.584.8054.564:26.19
15616Alain BlondelFRA803111.317.3113.562.0349.1914.5037.785.1058.004:23.82
16403Álvaro BurrellESP795210.957.5614.412.0348.1415.1843.524.5045.664:22.42
17791Thorsten DauthGER795110.807.3015.291.9748.3314.7644.704.5052.944:44.91
18689David BighamGBR775411.147.2612.561.9447.7314.9437.424.5060.524:27.42
1964Dean SmithAUS770310.977.4313.671.9150.0615.2942.544.5060.524:46.83
20927Sándor MunkácsyHUN769811.137.2812.561.9148.6914.8141.224.4052.904:18.62
211551Beat GähwilerSUI767611.567.0712.921.8850.0815.1743.264.6058.824:12.07
22402Francisco BenetESP748411.416.9412.991.9149.6014.8640.104.5059.684:42.58
231651Alper KasapoğluTUR720511.407.1513.401.9151.5415.4239.804.5047.904:45.77
24581Albert MillerFIJ697111.406.5013.211.8250.7615.0839.903.8057.804:48.81
251837Eric MombergerPNG678011.556.3313.571.8851.7816.6839.524.2052.244:46.64
261614Homelo ViTGA676811.146.9111.971.8251.4515.7040.684.0052.325:17.57
271654Ibrahim Al-MatrooshiUAE612411.636.378.621.9151.4015.9824.584.1046.064:55.76
28909Jorge FloresHON574611.756.189.541.7054.8116.2030.264.0042.465:04.10
AC459Erki NoolEST11.087.7912.141.9749.7615.9535.465.00DNF
AC139Pedro da Silva FilhoBRA11.217.0014.712.0649.5514.70DNF
AC1732Aric LongUSA11.257.2114.002.1849.9345.76DNF
AC246Mike SmithCAN11.026.8315.032.0050.04DNF
AC656Christian PlaziatFRA10.707.2114.881.97DNF
AC513Eduard HämäläinenEUN11.107.1514.782.00DNF
AC596Petri KeskitaloFIN11.247.3315.41DNF
AC1332Simon PoelmanNZL12.22DNF