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Encyclopedia > Dean Macey

Dean Macey (born: December 12, 1977) in Rochford, Essex, England is a decathlete.

Dean started out in athletics as a triple jumper but graduated up through the octathlon to settle on the decathlon. He was also on the books of Arsenal F.C. as a youngster but gave up football to train for the World Junior Championships in 1995.

Macey's major breakthrough was when he won silver medal at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics in the Olympic Stadium, Seville, Spain with a personal best of 8556 points finishing behind gold medallist Tomáš Dvorák of the Czech Republic.

The following year at the 2000 Summer Olympics, Sydney, Australia, after an injury ravaged year, Macey recorded another personal best score of 8567 points but could only finished fourth. The title was won by Estonian, Erki Nool but only after an appeal when earlier in the day the referee over ruled his field judges and ruled out Erki's discus throw of 43.66 metres. The appeal was successful and the Estonian took gold ahead of the Czech, Roman Šebrle and American Chris Huffins.

Macey was back amongst the medals at the 2001 World Championships in the Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, improving on his personal best yet again, with 8603 points finishing with the bronze medal, once again behind Tomáš Dvorák (gold medal), and Erki Nool (silver medal).

Injury made Dean miss the 2002 Commonwealth Games held at the City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England and all other major competitions until making his comeback at Hexham, England, July 2004.

His score in Hexham of 7842 points was, purposely, just enough to meet the B qualifying standard of 7700 for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece Dean performed well, in view of the recent years away from competition, but with a possible medal in his grasp, a below par pole vault and javelin throw once again left him in fourth place at an Olympic competition behind Roman Šebrle (gold) and Bryan Clay (silver).

Macey was the inaugral winner of BBC Sports Personality of the Year Young Personality in 1999.

Personal bests

  • 100 metres - 10.69
  • 400 metres - 46.21
  • 1500 metres - 4:23.45
  • 110 metres hurdles - 14.34
  • high jump - 2.15 metres
  • pole vault - 4.8 metres
  • long jump - 7.77 metres
  • shot put - 15.5 metres
  • discus throw - 47.77 metres
  • javelin throw - 64.03 metres
  • decathlon - 8603 points

  Results from FactBites:
Sporting Life - Olympics 2000 (935 words)
Macey emerged from obscurity in Seville last year when he ran, jumped and threw his way to an unexpected silver medal in the World Championships - setting six personal bests in the 10 disciplines in a two-day drama that captured the attention of the nation.
Macey suffered a stress fracture of the foot which needed a bone graft to be screwed into place by a metal plate which kept him out of action for well over a year.
Macey's first decathlon since Seville will be in Sydney's Olympic Stadium as a hamstring injury suffered on his return from a training stint in America in the spring forced him to miss a couple of major multi-events meetings and delay his competitive bow until recently.
The Observer | Sport | Dean Macey: Ten out of ten (1626 words)
Dean Macey is at a sponsorship launch at Crystal Palace earlier this summer.
Macey comes from Canvey Island and may have encountered enough smooth operators while he was growing up in that particular corner of Essex to know that he didn't want to be one.
Macey's rise to near the top of the world decathlon rankings - his personal best of 8,603 points last August compares with the Czech athlete Roman Sebrle's world record of 9,026 set three months earlier - was little short of phenomenal given how quickly he managed it.
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