Category Archives: Combine Challenge

Ukraine’s Kasyanov, Dobrynska win IAAF World Combined Events Challenge in Talence

Ukraine’s Oleksiy Kasyanov and Natalya Dobrynska, the overnight leaders in the Decathlon and Heptathlon, ended up the victors in the 33rd edition of the Décastar meeting which is part of the 2009 IAAF Combined Events Challenge but in both cases it came down to the last events.

The second day started as the first day in rainy conditions but this did not negatively affect the results in 110m Hurdles.

The two Estonian athletes in the field, Mikk Pahapill and Andres Raja, who ended the first day close to their personal best first day performances continued their competition both with PBs in the 110m Hurdles. Raja finished in 13.90sec ahead of his countryman, the European Indoor Heptahlon champion, in 14.14. The overnight leader, Oleksiy Kasyanov lost valuable points by finishing in 14.51….Read More

Dobrynska and Pappas expected to highlight in Talence

As the World champion, the USA-athlete Trey Hardee, and the runner up, Yordanis Garcia from Cuba have already 3 scoring results for the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge they both have decided to end already their season. The leading position of Hardee to win the $30,000 bonus will not be affected by other athletes. The second position of Yardanis Garcia can only come into danger if Russian Aleksandr Pogorelov or Ukrainian athlete Oleksey Kasyanov will score above 8.400 points.

Most interesting athlete in the men’s field might be the USA-athlete, Tom Pappas. The 2003 World champion surprised last month in the German city of Marburg with a winning score of 8569 points during the Thorpe cup, an annual meeting between USA and Germany. This was his best score since 2004, as he had to withdraw from the Olympic decathlon in Athens. Many injuries withheld him to complete more than one decathlon since that year…..Read More