Décastar

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Décastar
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Sport Athletics
Founded 1976
Official website Official website

Décastar (stylised DECASTAR) is an annual athletics competition that takes place in Talence, in the department of the Gironde in France. Organised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), it is one of the athletics meetings that make up the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge. Male and female athletes compete in the decathlon or heptathlon, respectively, and points scored at the Décastar count towards a yearly total for the parent competition.

History[edit]

The Décastar competition was first established in 1976 and, after further editions in 1978 and 1984, it was held annually from 1986 onwards.[1] Since its inception it has become one the premier combined event meetings: the 1996 Olympic champion Dan O'Brien set a world record in the decathlon at the 1992 edition, a mark which went unbeaten for nearly seven years.[2] At the 2004 edition, the organisers included the rarely competed women's decathlon and Marie Collonvillé set the world record with 8150 points.[3]

Competition format[edit]

Athletes celebrating at the podium at the end of the 2001 edition

As with most international combined events competitions, the programme is spread over two days.[4]

Decathlon Heptathlon
Day one Day two Day one Day two
100 metres 110 metres hurdles 100 metres hurdles Long jump
Long jump Discus throw High jump Javelin throw
Shot put Pole vault Shot put 800 metres
High jump Javelin 200 metres
400 metres 1500 metres

Records[edit]

Décastar meeting records[1]
Event Athlete Record Date Ref
Men's decathlon  Dan O'Brien (USA) 8891 points
100 m
Long jump
Shot put
High jump
400 m
110 m hurdles
Discus throw
Pole vault
Javelin throw
1500 m
Women's heptathlon  Denise Lewis (GBR) 6831 points
100 m hurdles
High jump
Shot put
200 m
Long jump
Javelin throw  Barbora Spotakova (CZE) 60.90 m 16 September 2012 [5]
800 m
Women's decathlon  Marie Collonvillé (FRA) 8150 points

Winners[edit]

Three-time World Champion Tomáš Dvořák had back-to-back decathlon wins in 1999 to 2000.
The 2008 Olympic champion Nataliya Dobrynska is a two-time winner of the Decastar heptathlon
Tatyana Chernova's heptathlon win in 2011 followed her gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.
Edition Men's decathlon Women's heptathlon
Decathlon winner Points Heptathlon winner Points
1976  Aleksandr Grebenyuk (URS) 8468  Sue Longden (GBR) 4357
1978  Valeriy Kachanov (URS) 7930  Ekaterina Smirnova (URS) 4596
1984  Torsten Voss (GDR) 8428  Jane Frederick (USA) 6714
1986  Christian Plaziat (FRA) 7944  Malgorzata Nowak (POL) 6258
1987  Pavel Tarnavetskiy (URS) 8220  Jane Frederick (USA) 6533
1988  Christian Plaziat (FRA) 8512  Anke Behmer (GDR) 6733
1989  Christian Plaziat (FRA) 8512  Larisa Nikitina (URS) 6599
1990  Christian Plaziat (FRA) 8525  Peggy Beer (GDR) 6321
1991  Christian Plaziat (FRA) 8456  Urszula Włodarczyk (POL) 6425
1992  Dan O'Brien (USA) 8891  Irina Belova (RUS) 6673
1993  Steve Fritz (USA) 8317  Tatyana Blokhina (RUS) 6703
1994  Dan O'Brien (USA) 8710  Heike Drechsler (GER) 6441
1995  Eduard Hämäläinen (BLR) 8430  Tatyana Blokhina (RUS) 6478
1996  Eduard Hämäläinen (BLR) 8478  Remigija Nazarovienė (LTU) 6451
1997  Chris Huffins (USA) 8425  Remigija Nazarovienė (LTU) 6536
1998  Jón Arnar Magnússon (ISL) 8410  Urszula Włodarczyk (POL) 6 352
1999  Tomáš Dvořák (CZE) 8690  Eunice Barber (FRA) 6515
2000  Tomáš Dvořák (CZE) 8733  Denise Lewis (GBR) 6831
2001  Oleksandr Yurkov (UKR) 8324  Shelia Burrell (USA) 6454
2002  Tom Pappas (USA) 8525  Larisa Netšeporuk (EST) 6151
2003  Laurent Hernu (FRA) 8219  Yelena Prokhorova (RUS) 6254
2004  Roman Šebrle (CZE) 8217  Kelly Sotherton (GBR) 6242
2005  Roman Šebrle (CZE) 8326  Eunice Barber (FRA) 6675
2006  Dmitriy Karpov (KAZ) 8438  Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR) 6256
2007  Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) 8553  Lyudmyla Blonska (UKR) 6437
2008  Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) 8312  Hyleas Fountain (USA) 6473
2009  Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR) 8291  Nataliya Dobrynska (UKR) 6485
2010  Leonel Suárez (CUB) 8328  Tatyana Chernova (RUS) 6453
2011  Hans van Alphen (BEL) 8200  Tatyana Chernova (RUS) 6679
2012  Hans van Alphen (BEL) 8293  Lyudmyla Yosypenko (RUS) 6401
2013  Damian Warner (CAN) 8161  Hanna Melnychenko (UKR) 6308

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Le Décastar – Histoire". www.ressources.crdp-aquitaine.fr. Retrieved 25 September 2009. 
  2. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Jean (2004-09-23). Olympic medallists set for Decastar. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-25.
  3. ^ van Kuijen, Hans (2009-09-17). Dobrynska and Pappas expected to highlight in Talence - IAAF World Combined Events Challenge - PREVIEW . IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-09-25.
  4. ^ Qu’appelle-t-on épreuves combinées d’athlétisme ?. Décastar. Retrieved on 2009-09-25.
  5. ^ Hans van Kuijen (16 September 2012). "Van Alphen and Yosypenko prevail in Talence - IAAF Combined Events Challenge". IAAF. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 

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