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The Combined Events

Starting May 1, 2010, the new point system for masters, Model 2010 will take effect. I created a multi-event calculator for the men's decathlon, pentathlon, indoor heptathlon, indoor pentathlon and for all women's events as well. In addition, you will find a CONVERSION CALCULATOR for the events where athletes used the old (in all cases heavier) implements. Also, I just finished the Weight Pentathlon Calculators for both, men and women. You will find your scores for the open point system on the left, the age adjusted on the right. Naturally, you can download the file to your own computer and have it handy whenever planning and statistics and curiosity strikes you. Enjoy.

As an open or age group athlete, you can easily calculate your point totals for the pentathlon and the decathlon. Actually, you will see the age adjusted points for the individual events, the total for the first and second day in the decathlon and the age adjusted total. The tables and calculator are based on the WMA-Scoring SYSTEM MODEL 2010, taking effect on May 1, 2010.

Combined events were considered to be the standard of versatility going back to the era of the ancient Greeks.When the ancient Olympic Games ended in 390 AD, there was a break of almost 1,500 years. This tradition was renewed in the mid-19th century in England. There is also news of similar developments in Germany at about the same time. The modem combined events probably began in America in about 1880. Combined events were held over a single day and became so popular that the organizers of the third Olympic Games in St. Louis in 1904, included a combined event as an unofficial discipline in the program of the Games.

In 1910, Sweden, as the host of the fifth Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912, decided to include a one-day pentathlon (long jump, javelin, 200m, discus, and 500m), as well as a two-day decathlon (100m, long jump, shot, high jump, 400m, 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500m). In fact, because of the high number of starting athletes, the decathlon was extended to three days. There was also a change in the order of disciplines (between the discus and the 110m hurdles). The original sequence of disciplines was approved by the IAAF Congress in 1914 and has remained unchanged till the present time.

After my participation in a few pentathlons I'm convinced that I'm on the right track. I feel that I should move from specialization (i.e. middle distances) to the versatility that was so much valued by the ancient Greek. A sport that taxes and trains my whole body and includes a structured weight and strength program should be better for me, at least that is my theory. Now, I'm telling myself that I should move up to the decathlon.

Mens sana in corpore sano. What do you think?.