He also created four world records, won three commonwealth gold medals (1978, 82 and 86), two european championships (1983 and 86) and was unbeaten for nine years. He also was the first athlete to hold all four major titles at the same time in the same event and is still the British record-holder for the event with a score of 8847.
DALEY THOMPSON HAS WON MORE DECATHLON HONOURS THAN ANY MAN BEFORE HIM. HE WAS THE FIRST MAN TO WIN TWO OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS AND A WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
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He made his debut in the decathlon at 16, winning a competition in Wales. His score of 6685 points was a British junior record and the start of a remarkable career. Throughout the 1980s, he was the world’s greatest decathlete, winning 19 decathlons, including 12 in a row.
At the Moscow Olympics in 1980, Daley won the gold medal at just 21 and followed this two years later with the European Championship in Athens. He also recaptured the world record. Having seen his own mark set in Gotzis, Austria being overtaken, he bounced back to score 8774 points – breaking the world record by 21 points.
In Helsinki in 1983, Daley added the World Championship gold medal to his impressive collection – winning with 105 points and a total score of 8666.
At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, he won the Olympic decathlon title for the second time to secure his place as one of the greatest, all-round athletes the world has ever seen. Daley scored a total of 8797 points, beating his nearest competition by 123 points.
He retired from sport in 1992.
He won both the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award and was awarded the MBE in 1982, the OBE in 1986 and the CBE in 2000.
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