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Hans Van Alphen (born 12 January 1982 in Turnhout) is a Belgian decathlete.

Hans Van Alphen
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Personal information
Full nameHans Van Alphen
Born (1982-01-12) 12 January 1982 (age 37)
Turnhout, Belgium
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight203 lb (92 kg)
SportTrack and field athletics
ClubVilvoorde AC

Van Alphen won the silver medal at the 2007 Summer Universiade and finished eleventh at the 2007 World Championships. In 2005, he became Belgian champion in the decathlon. He was the first Belgian decathlete to pass the 8000 points limit.[1]

In 2008, Van Alphen was a competitor in the decathlon of the Beijing Olympics, but did not finish all the events due to injury.

He was just below the 8000-point mark at the 2010 Hypo-Meeting, where he came 13th,[2] then he set a personal best score of 8072 points to finish fifth at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona.[3] Continuing in that vein, he set a best in the men's heptathlon at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships, taking ninth place with a total of 5938 points.[4] Turning to the outdoor circuit, he improved a number of event bests at the Hypo-Meeting (including the 100 metres, high jump and long jump) and ended the competition in eleventh place with 8045 points.[5] At the 2011 TNT - Fortuna Meeting in Kladno he put together his best series of results: following a best of 66.21 m in the javelin, he moved up four places in the final 1500 metres to take the runner-up spot behind Leonel Suárez with a decathlon personal best of 8120 points.[6]

In 2012 he won the decathlon at the Hypo-Meeting with a score of 8519. He ended fourth in the decathlon at the 2012 London Olympics. He ended the year with a win at the Decastar.[7]

Personal bestsEdit

Hans Van Alphen (left in green) running 1500m at the 2011 TNT - Fortuna Meeting in Kladno

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Belgium
2005 Belgian Championship Izegem, Belgium 1st Decathlon 7064 pts
2006 Nordrhein-Mehrkampfmeisterschaften Wesel, Germany 3rd Decathlon 7411 pts
2007 Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 2nd Decathlon 8047 pts
World Championships Osaka, Japan 11th Decathlon 8034 pts
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China - Decathlon DNF
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 5th Decathlon 8072 pts
2011 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 11th Decathlon 8045 pts
TNT - Fortuna Meeting Kladno, Czech Republic 2nd Decathlon 8120pts
Décastar Talence, Frane 1st Decathlon 8200 pts
2012 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 1st Decathlon 8519 pts
Olympic Games London, England 4th Decathlon 8447 pts
Décastar Talence, Frane 1st Decathlon 8293 pts


  1. ^ Belgian athletics records Archived September 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "2010 Hypo Meeting Results - Men". May 30, 2010. Retrieved December 2, 2010.[permanent dead link]
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  4. ^ 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships - Men's decathlon final standings. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-06-18.
  5. ^ 2011 Hypo Meeting Decathlon Final Standings Archived May 31, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-18.
  6. ^ Procházka, Michal (2011-06-17). Chernova impresses with 6773pts tally in Kladno – IAAF Combined Events Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-06-18.
  7. ^ van Kuijen, Hans (2012-09-16). Van Alphen and Yosypenko prevail in Talence - IAAF Combined Events Challenge - Day 2 REPORT. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-01-22.

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