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Decathlon - very demanding event (3)

Janek Salmistu
July 03, 2023

As a rule, a human being is quite a lazy creature who would rather take on something less demanding than toiling away days on end. For example, in sports that lazy creature would rather choose a ball game than the combined events. What is more, it is much more profitable to be a little hand in any football or basketball team than to be a decathlete.

Combined events may be a demanding event, but the more demanding it is, the more appreciation do the world top athletes get.

An excellent example comes from the year 1996 when Germany was choosing its sportsman of the year. That year had been exceptionally successful for German sports. Michael Schumacher was crowned the World Champion in Formula One, Boris Becker won the Grand Slam in tennis, Germany received the title of the European Champion in football and so on. Everything said, it was Frank Busemann, the silver medallist from Atlanta Olympic Games, who was presented with the award of Sportsman of the Year. The Germans know how to value the combined events. Could anyone else think of any similar examples?

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Gar wrote on July 06, 2023
Damian Warner: Canadian Athlete of the Year in 2021 after winning Olympic Gold and settinga new Olympic record in the decathlon.
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Ziggy wrote on July 17, 2023
Tomáš Dvořák won the title Czech sportsman of the year in 1997 and 1999, he beat very good footbal and ice hockey players, including Hašek and Jágr. Roman Šebrle won in 2004, but at that time he did not have any rivals as he was one and only gold medailist from Athens. Very good times and memories. Since then we do not have any decathletes at the world level:-(.
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Zero wrote on July 23, 2023
Very good decathlonists coming also from training pairs in not very big country but where are good bases. Like was in the past Czech pair Šebrle and Dvořák, now is Rooth and Skotheim. Soon we will see next one.
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