Dean Macey

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Dean Macey
Personal information
Nickname(s) The Dean Machine[1][2]
Born (1977-12-12) 12 December 1977 (age 36)
Rochford, Essex, England
Height 1.96 metres (6 ft 5 in)
Sport
Event(s) Decathlon
Club Harrow
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 8603 points

Dean Macey (born 12 December 1977 in Rochford, Essex) is an English athlete from Canvey Island. He is best known for competing in the decathlon, which he did from 1995 to 2008, winning the Commonwealth Games decathlon, two World Championship medals, as well as twice finishing fourth in the Olympic Games. Retiring from decathlon due to injury, he has competed in the bobsleigh since 2008.

A popular media figure during and after his athletics career, he is a keen angler and has presented an angling television series "On Coarse" for the Discovery Channel. He has also set a record time (0:56) on the Total Wipeout Qualifier.

Track and Field Career[edit]

Dean started out in athletics as a high jumper, triple jumper and javelin thrower but graduated up through the octathlon to settle on the decathlon. He was also on the books of Arsenal as a youngster but gave up football to train for the World Junior Championships in 1995. Macey's major breakthrough was when he won silver medal at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in the Olympic Stadium, Seville, Spain with a personal best of 8556 points finishing behind gold medallist Tomáš Dvořák of the Czech Republic. Macey was the inaugural winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year Young Personality in 1999.

The following year at the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney, Australia, after an injury ravaged year, Macey recorded another personal best score of 8567 points but could only finish fourth. The title was won by Estonian, Erki Nool but only after an appeal when earlier in the day the referee overruled his field judges and ruled out Erki's discus throw of 43.66 metres. The appeal was successful and the Estonian took gold ahead of the Czech, Roman Šebrle and American Chris Huffins.

Macey was back amongst the medals at the 2001 World Championships in the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, improving on his personal best yet again, with 8603 points finishing with the bronze medal, once again behind Tomáš Dvořák (gold medal), and Erki Nool (silver medal).

Injuries forced Macey to miss the 2002 Commonwealth Games, held at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England and all other major competitions until making his comeback at Hexham, England, July 2004. He worked for BBC TV during the Commonwealth Games.[2]

His score in Hexham of 7842 points was, purposely, just enough to meet the B qualifying standard of 7700 for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece Dean performed well, in view of the recent years away from competition, but with a possible medal in his grasp, a below par pole vault and javelin throw once again left him in fourth place at an Olympic competition behind Roman Šebrle (gold) and Bryan Clay (silver).

At the 2006 Commonwealth Games, despite still nursing some injuries, Macey led after the first day with a personal best of 15.83 metres in the last round of the shot put. Over the course of the second day, that gap was reduced and overhauled by the Australian Australian Jason Dudley because of injury-hampered performances in the 110 m hurdles and the javelin. Going into the final event, the 1500 metres, Macey needed to score 38 points more than Dudley to claim gold. He completed the event in 4:34.22, which gave him the gold medal by 69 points. Dean finished with a total of 8,143 points, ahead of Dudley (silver) and the Jamaican Maurice Smith (bronze).

In 2008 after a failure to reach the B Qualifying standard for the 2008 Olympic Games, at the Hexham International Combined Events Meeting, Macey admitted that he was considering his future. Young decathlete Daniel Awde was selected for the Olympics. On 15 July, he decided to retire from athletics.[3] Macey wrote a regular Olympic column in the Southend Echo newspaper entitled "Deano's Diary" in which he shared his views on the Beijing Games.[4]

In 2009, Dean Macey completed the Men's Health Survival of the Fittest 10 km run in Edinburgh, Scotland, recording a time in excess of 1 hour 15 minutes.

Macey worked as part of the commentary team for Radio 5 Live's coverage of the 2010 Commonwealth Games and Al Jazeera Sports' coverage of the 2010 Asian Games, as well as Channel 4's screening of the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships.[2]

Bobsleigh career[edit]

After his retirement from athletics, Macey accepted a challenge to attempt to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics, in the bobsleigh.[5] He trained with former sprinter Jason Gardener. The pair finished sixth in the two-man event at the 2008 British Bobsleigh Championships held in Cesana Pariol, Italy.[6] Subsequently he worked for Eurosport as a regular part of the commentary team for the channel's bobsleigh coverage.[2]

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