The Decathlon in History

Events in Sport

  • 1948-08-06 Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics
  • 1984-06-09 Jurgen Hingsen of West Germany sets record for decathlon, 8,798 pts
  • 1992-06-27 Dan O'Brien fails on pole vault & eliminated from Olympics decathlon
  • 1992-09-05 Dan O'Brien sets world record decathlon (8891 pts)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1923-04-10 Floyd M Simmons, actor/decathlete (Olympic-bronze-1948, 52)
  • 1930-11-17 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic-gold-1948, 52) and congressman, born in Tulare, California (d. 2006)
  • 1933-07-10 Chuan-Kwang Yang, Taiwan, decathlete (Olympic-silver-1960)
  • 1933-12-09 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic-gold-1956), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1935-08-18 Rafer Johnson, decathlete (Olympics gold 1960), born in Hillsboro Texas
  • 1967-07-22 Shawn Wilbourn, US decathlete
  • 1967-09-16 Michael Smith, Kenora Ontario, decathlete (Olympics-96)
  • 1967-11-01 Steve Fritz, Salina Kansas, decathlete
  • 1969-09-06 Douglas Pirini, decathlete (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1970-06-25 Erki Nool, Estonian decathlete
  • 1971-01-17 Peter Winter, Australian decathlete (Olympics-96)
  • 1975-02-27 Prodromos Korkizoglou, Greek decathlete
  • 1975-06-12 Scott Ferrier, Australia, high jumper/decathlete (Olympics-96)
  • 1975-10-31 Jagan Hames, Australian decathlete (Olympics-96)
  • 1980-05-14 Eugene Martineau, Dutch decathlete
  • 1982-01-12 Hans Van Alphen, Belgian decathlete
  • 1982-12-28 François Gourmet, Belgian decathlete
  • 1983-05-11 Frédéric Xhonneux, Belgian decathlete

Deaths in Sport

  • 2006-09-02 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic-gold-1948, 52) and congressman, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2012-11-02 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic-gold-1956), dies from prostate cancer and diabetes at 78