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Decathlon, Men

Date31 July – 1 August 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationCentennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants40 from 24 countries
FormatScoring by 1985 point tables.

Dan O’Brien had been favored in early 1992 to win the Olympic decathlon, but he failed to clear a height in the pole vault at the US Olympic Trials and did not make the Olympic team. He responded later in 1992 by breaking the world record at the Talence meet with 8,891 points. For the next four years O’Brien was dominant in the decathlon. He won the 1993 and 1995 World Championships, was TAC Champion in 1993-95, and was world-ranked #1 from 1993 to 1996. At Atlanta he won the event quite easily. He moved into the lead on day one after the shot put (the third event) and never again trailed. He led after the first day by 124 points, after winning the 400 in 46.82. He won by 118 points over Germany’s Frank Busemann, who had cleared over 8 metres in the long jump, although the outcome was never in doubt. O’Brien continued to compete and was world-ranked #1 again in 1998, but injuries eventually ended his career. The overall level of competition in 1996 was extremely high. There were six finishers over 8,500 points, 16 over 8,200, and 22 over 8,000, making this the deepest set of decathlon marks posted to that date.

PosNrAthleteNOCPoints100 metresLong JumpShot PutHigh Jump400 metres110 metres HurdlesDiscus ThrowPole VaultJavelin Throw1,500 metres
12386Dan O'BrienUSA882410.507.5715.662.0746.8213.8748.785.0066.904:45.89Gold
21535Frank BusemannGER870610.608.0713.602.0448.3413.4745.044.8066.864:31.41Silver
31301Tomáš DvořákCZE866410.647.6015.821.9848.2913.7946.284.7070.164:31.25Bronze
42350Steve FritzUSA864410.907.7715.312.0450.1313.9749.845.1065.704:38.26
51131Eduard HämäläinenBLR861310.857.4816.321.9846.9113.9549.625.0057.664:34.68
61382Erki NoolEST854310.657.8814.012.0147.2615.0342.985.4065.484:43.36
71314Robert ZmělíkCZE842210.837.6413.531.9549.5514.1743.445.4067.204:38.45
82409Ramil GaniyevUZB831810.847.6114.712.1349.1414.8844.865.2053.704:42.72
91368Antonio PeñalverESP830710.957.2716.912.0750.4114.3548.924.7057.084:37.71
102362Chris HuffinsUSA830010.477.4915.572.0448.8314.1048.724.7060.625:14.36
111447Christian PlaziatFRA828210.857.8214.852.0449.0714.5245.344.9052.184:35.00
121685Jón Arnar MagnússonISL827410.677.2815.521.9547.1714.2243.784.8061.104:46.97
131210Mike SmithCAN827111.087.4716.971.9551.9714.7849.545.0064.344:43.81
141566Frank MüllerGER825310.957.2514.691.9549.0514.8645.905.1066.104:37.50
152045Sebastian ChmaraPOL824911.287.75w14.512.1048.7514.5942.604.9054.844:26.96
161300Kamil DamašekCZE822910.867.2215.512.0147.3514.9442.664.9055.844:26.86
171443Sébastien LevicqFRA819211.177.1614.051.9250.5514.5045.005.4064.424:29.50
181965Marcel DostNED811110.877.2113.911.9548.1914.5241.925.2057.764:38.81
191333Francisco BenetESP810710.957.3013.911.9848.6714.3644.304.8059.444:36.04
201568Dirk-Achim PajonkGER804510.677.5014.461.9548.8114.7941.944.5054.164:21.62
211970Jack RosendaalNED803511.247.3313.592.0750.9314.4641.244.7063.804:25.98
222309Vitaliy KolpakovUKR802511.157.5314.332.0748.1214.3045.664.8053.585:05.41
231865Rojs PiziksLAT799411.406.8614.602.1651.4815.2045.905.0058.404:30.88
242023Doug PiriniNZL796110.897.3314.751.8948.5614.8845.344.6058.024:39.09
251266Eugenio BalanquéCUB787310.716.3614.111.8947.4614.0741.644.7059.924:38.97
261269Raúl DuanyCUB780211.207.3013.782.0750.5014.8438.564.4062.864:35.59
271653Zsolt KürtösiHUN775511.097.0514.292.0150.4314.6443.224.6054.804:43.21
282223Philipp HuberSUI774311.067.1513.341.8648.7215.0843.324.6051.964:18.15
292297Alper KasapoğluTUR757511.077.2212.891.9249.6114.5540.644.8045.244:38.69
301720Beniamino PoserinaITA701311.056.981.9849.5214.6843.424.8056.784:58.28
312127Nikolay AfanasyevRUS671111.446.7413.381.9850.8314.7943.0855.124:41.00
AC1378Indrek KaseorgEST11.407.2613.112.0749.0314.5339.46DNF
AC2314Lev LobodinUKR10.857.3515.571.9548.96DNF
AC2416Oleg VeretelnikovUZB11.067.2412.661.9549.65DNF
AC1097Victor HoustonBAR10.767.5311.971.95DNF
AC1043Scott FerrierAUS11.266.6112.57DNF
AC1065Peter WinterAUS10.8513.43DNF
AC1493Alex KrugerGBR11.386.55DNF
AC1381Andrei NazarovEST11.04DNF
AC1656Dezső SzabóHUN10.94DNF