Tom Pappas

Tom Pappas
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Tom Pappas
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  United States
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Paris Decathlon
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Birmingham Heptathlon

Tom Pappas (born September 6, 1976, in Azalea, Oregon) is an American track & field decathlete.

Pappas won the gold medal at the 2003 World Championships held outside Paris, France and was rated number 1 in the world that year by Track & Field News. He is a four-time US champion (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006) and was the 1999 NCAA champion while attending the University of Tennessee. He finished fifth at the 2000 Olympic decathlon, and competed in but did not finish the decathlon due to a foot injury at the 2004 Olympic Games. His personal best in the decathlon is 8,784 points while winning the 2003 US Championships held at Stanford University, CA.

He won the 2003 Jesse Owens Award from USATF, signifying he was Athlete of the Year.[1]

Tom Pappas is currently the co-owner of Lane 5 Crossfit in Eugene, Oregon.

He placed 3rd at the United States Olympic Trials in the Decathlon in Eugene, Oregon in July, 2008 to qualify for the Beijing Olympics in August.

Pappas also was unable to complete the decathlon in Beijing due to injury in 2008.


Tournament Venue Result Extra
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain DNF Decathlon
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 5th Decathlon
2001 Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 3rd Decathlon
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 1st Heptathlon
World Championships Paris, France 1st Decathlon
2004 Hypo-Meeting Götzis, Austria 2nd Decathlon
Olympic Games Athens, Greece DNF Decathlon
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China DNF Decathlon

Personal Bests

Event Result Date Tournament Venue Extra
100 metres 10.65 6 June 2003 Hypo-Meeting Gotzis -0.2 m/s wind
400 metres 47.58 26 August 2003 World Championships Paris Saint-Denis
1500 metres 4:35.14 1 January 1995
110 metre hurdles 13.90 30 May 2004 Hypo-Meeting Gotzis 0.3 m/s wind
High Jump 2.21 m 27 September 2000 Olympics Sydney
Pole Vault 5.20 m 30 May 2004 Hypo-Meeting Gotzis
Long Jump 7.96 m 21 June 2003 National Championships Palo Alto 1.4 m/s wind
Shot Put 17.26 29 June 2008 Olympic Trials Eugene
Javelin 66.56 m 9 June 2000 Sarasota
Discus Throw 52.18 1 January 2003
Decathlon 8784 22 June 2003 National Championships Palo Alto


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Preceded by Men's Track & Field ESPY Award
Succeeded by
No Award Given