Mike Smith (decathlete)

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Smith running the 400 meters

Michael "Mike" Cameron Smith (born September 16, 1967) is a Canadian decathlete from Kenora, Ontario.


He attended Pinecrest Elementary School, Lakewood Intermediate School, Beaver Brae Secondary School in Kenora, Ontario, and then Central Technical School in Toronto for his final year of high school.

Smith attended the University of Toronto Commerce program during his athletic career. He was coached by Andy Higgins while living in Toronto, Ontario and then by Les Gramantik when he moved to live and train in Calgary, Alberta in 1994.

Smith won a silver medal at the World Junior Track and Field Championships in 1986. At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, he placed 14th. At the 1990 Commonwealth Games Smith won a gold medal. In 1991, he was the silver medal winner at the World Track and Field Championships, and was the first North American to win the Götzis International Decathlon, which he won again in 1996.

In 1992 at Barcelona, Spain, Smith was the opening ceremonies flag bearer for Canada at the Olympics. Unfortunately during the decathlon Smith pulled a hamstring and was forced to withdraw on the first day of the two-day competition. In 1994, he won gold at the Commonwealth Games for the second time.

Smith was ranked in the top 10 in the world for 10 years in a row from 1989 to 1998 with his highest rankings being #2 in the world in 1991 and #3 in the world in 1995.

Michael Smith

Personal Best Performances

Smith held the Canadian Record in the decathlon with a total of 8626 points set in Gotzis Austria in 1996. Smith's record was broken by Damian Warner, with a total of 8659 points, at the 2015 Pan American Games.

The sum of Smith's overall personal bests in the individual disciplines of decathlon totals 9,362 points (the third best ever after Ashton Eaton & Dan O'Brien).[1]

Day 1: 100 meters - 10.70 seconds, Long Jump - 7.76 meteres, Shot Put - 18.03 meters, High Jump - 2.14 meters, 400 meters - 47.06 seconds
Day 2: 110 meter hurdles - 14.24 seconds, Discus Throw - 52.90 meters, Pole Vault - 5.20 meters, Javelin Throw - 71.22 meters, 1500 meters - 4:20,04

Total: 9362 points

Smith still holds the worlds best performance for the 3 combined throwing events in decathlon (shot put, discus, javelin).

World Ranking Decathlete Nation Points Shot Put Discus Javelin Venue Date
1 Michael Smith CAN 2748 16.94m 52.90m 71.22m Götzis 26.05.96
2 Bryan Clay USA 2734 16.25m 53.68m 72.00m Helsinki 10.08.05
3 William Motti FRA 2595 16.96m 52.46m 68.20m Emmitsburg 29.09.91

Smith retired from the sport of decathlon in 1999 and went on to a career in financial services and wealth management. He also works for CBC Television Sports and CTV Television as a color commentator for track and field events.


Smith now resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada with his wife Angela and daughter where he is currently an Investment Advisor at Peters & Company Ltd.

Michael Smith

Decathlon Achievements

Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1986 World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 2nd Decathlon
Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 7th Decathlon
1987 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 6th Decathlon
World Championships Rome, Italy DNF Decathlon
1988 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 12th Decathlon
Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea 14th Decathlon
1989 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 4th Decathlon
Jeux de la Francophonie Casablanca, Morocco 1st Decathlon
1990 Commonwealth Games Auckland, New Zealand 1st Decathlon
1991 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 1st Decathlon
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 2nd Decathlon
1992 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 3rd Decathlon
Summer Olympics Barcelona, Spain DNF Decathlon
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 2nd Heptathlon
Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 3rd Decathlon
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany DNF Decathlon
1994 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 4th Decathlon
Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 1st Decathlon
1995 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria DNF Decathlon
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd Decathlon
1996 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 1st Decathlon (8626 pts = NR)
Summer Olympics Atlanta, Georgia, USA 13th Decathlon
1997 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 3rd Decathlon
1998 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 7th Decathlon
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd Decathlon
IAAF World Combined Events Challenge several places 8th Decathlon

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Total points based on personal bests". Decathlon'2000 site. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 

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