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Sep 06, 2010

As the term Decathlon already suggests, each competition consists of ten events, in the following order:

  • 100m race
  • Long jump
  • Shot put
  • High jump
  • 400m race
  • 110m hurdles
  • Discus throw
  • Pole vault
  • Javelin throw
  • 1500m race

If you take all of the world records for the regular open events and plugged them into Decathlon points calculator, so for example, if you totaled up a decathlon with Usain Bolt's 100 and Jan Zelezny's javelin, etc, all the way through all ten events.

It is very interesting that Zelezny's javelin world record is the second-highest scoring event among all the world records - an even more amazing statistic because javelin is one of the lowest-rewarding events in the decathlon tables! Amazing!

Event World record holder Country WR Points
100m Usain Bolt JAM 9,58 1202
Long Jump Mike Powell USA 8.95 1312
Shot Put Randy Barnes USA 23.12 1295
High Jump Javier Sotomayor CUB 2.45 1244
400m Michael Johnson USA 43,18 1156
110m Hurdles Dayron Robles CUB 12,87 1126
Discus Throw Jürgen Schult GER 74.08 1383
Pole Vault Sergey Bubka UKR 6.15 1281
Javelin Throw Jan Zelezny CZE 98.48 1331
1500m Hicham El Guerrouj MAR 3.26,00 1218

Comments (1)

Dale Harder wrote on May 18, 2016
My belief is that Zelezny's JT WR is better than Schult's DT. Look at the world lists in both events. Shouldn't the most valid way of comparing marks is to see how much better proportionately one is compared to others in that event. (I'm using AT lists thru the end of 2015). In the DT Schulte's 74.08 compares to the all-time top 10 DT mark of 71.26, top 100 mark of 66.98, top 1000 mark of 59.37 in the following ratios: 1.040; 1.106; and 1.248. Compare Zelezny's 98.48 with top 10 in JT 91.29; top 100 84.56; top 1000 75.55 with ratios of 1.079; 1.165; and 1.304. Zelezny's marks are way better in comparison to his fellow javelin throwers than in Schult's ratios to others in the DT. These comparisons would only be valid comparing the throws. The dynamics in other events are a little different.
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