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Roman Šebrle

 
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(*1974)

 

The decathlete, Roman Šebrle, struggled for a long time against Tomáš Dvořák for the No. 1 position in the world of international decathlon. He won third place in the indoor 1999 World Championships in the heptathlon in Maebashi and in 2000 he fought his way to a silver medal in the multiple events at the Olympic Games in Sydney.

His greatest success to date is the gold medal he won in 2004 in the decathlon at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, with which he added a new Olympic record with a total of 8,893 points, beating the tally of the United Kingdom’s Daley Thompson, which had stood for some 20 years as the best total.

This Czech decathlete is also the holder of the world record – 9,026 points. Šebrle is the first decathlete in history to have managed to break the magical 9,000-point border.

After Jan Železný and Jarmila Kratochvílová, he is the third Czech who can say his best performance continues to lead the international table.

In 2006 he became European outdoor champion for a second time and then reasserted his dominance on the European continent a year later by winning the European Indoor Championships.

 

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