Maurice Smith (decathlete)

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Maurice Smith
Osaka07 D8A Decathlon Maurice Smith.jpg
Smith in 2007 Osaka
Personal information
Full name Maurice Leon Hugh Smith
Born (1980-09-28) September 28, 1980 (age 36)
Spanish Town, St. Catherine
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 90 kg (200 lb)
Country  Jamaica
Sport Athletics
Updated on 3 July 2013.

Maurice Smith (born 28 September 1980 in St. Catherine, Jamaica) is a decathlete from Jamaica. He competed for Auburn University. He represented his native country at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, finishing in 14th place. He broke the Pan American Games decathlon record in 2007, winning his first international gold medal. He won the silver medal in the decathlon at the 2007 World Championships. Smith is the current national record holder in the men's decathlon, with 8644 points.

Smith beat World Champion Roman Šebrle and Dmitriy Karpov at the TNT-Fortuna Combined Events meeting in Kladno, Czech Republic with 8157 points, setting him up well for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.[1]

Personal bests[edit]

  • Decathlon: 8644 ptsJapan Osaka, 1 September 2007


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Jamaica
1998 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) George Town, Cayman Islands 4th Javelin throw 53.46 m
1999 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Fort-de-France, Martinique 8th Shot put 12.45 m
5th Discus throw 42.57 m
6th Javelin throw 53.54 m
1st Heptathlon 5623 pts
Pan American Junior Championships Tampa, Florida, United States 3rd Decathlon 6996 pts
2000 NACAC U-25 Championships Monterrey, Mexico 1st Decathlon 7090 pts
2001 Central American and Caribbean Championships Guatemala City, Guatemala 1st Decathlon 7755 pts
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 14th Decathlon 8023 pts
2005 NACAC Combined Events Championships San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st Decathlon 8232 pts
World Championships Helsinki, Finland Decathlon DNF
Décastar Talence, France 14th Decathlon 7336 pts
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 2nd Decathlon 8074 pts
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 3rd Decathlon 8269 pts
2007 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 8th Decathlon 8241 pts
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st Decathlon 8278 pts
World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd Decathlon 8644 pts
2008 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 5th Decathlon 8332 pts
Olympic Games Beijing, China 9th Decathlon 8205 pts
2009 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria Decathlon DNF
World Championships Berlin, Germany Decathlon DNF
2010 CAC Games Mayagüez, Puertorico 1st Decathlon 8109 pts
2011 NACAC Combined Events Championships Kingston, Jamaica 1st Decathlon 8078 pts
World Championships Daegu, Korea Decathlon DNF
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 2nd Decathlon 8214 pts


  1. ^ Juck, Alfons (2009-06-25). Smith overcomes weather and Šebrle; Dobrynska dominates in Kladno. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.

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