Thomas Van der Plaetsen

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Thomas Van der Plaetsen
Thomas Van der Plaetsen Sopot 2014.jpg
Thomas Van der Plaetsen during the 2014 World Indoor Championships
Personal information
Full name Thomas Van der Plaetsen
Born (1990-12-24) 24 December 1990 (age 26)
Ghent, Belgium
Education Ghent University[1]
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)[2]
Country Belgium
Sport Track and field athletics
Event(s) Decathlon
Coached by Michael Van Der Plaetsen
Achievements and titles
World finals 2
Personal best(s) 8332 pts

Thomas Van der Plaetsen (born 24 December 1990 in Ghent) is a Belgian decathlete.[3] His biggest achievements are winning the Gold Medal for Decathlon at the 2016 European Athletics Championships, winning Bronze Medal for Heptathlon at the 2014 World Indoor Championships, and Gold Medal for Decathlon at the 2013 and 2015 Summer Universiade.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Belgium
2009 European Junior Championships Novi Sad, Serbia 1st Decathlon 7769
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 6th Heptathlon 6020
European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st Decathlon 8157
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 13th Decathlon 8069
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia 1st Decathlon 8164
World Championships Moscow, Russia 15th Decathlon 8255
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 3rd Heptathlon 6259
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 10th Decathlon 8105
2015 Universiade Gwangju, South Korea 1st Decathlon 7952
World Championships Beijing, China 14th Decathlon 8035
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1st Decathlon 8218 pts
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th Decathlon 8332 pts

Personal bests[edit]



Health problems[edit]

In October 2014, it became known that during an unannounced doping control test in September 2014, Van der Plaetsen had tested positive for the hormone HCG. On 2 October 2014 Van der Plaetsen revealed that those heightened HCG levels were caused by up to then undiagnosed testicular cancer, for which he was then treated.[4]


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