Gabby Pieraccini

Brief athletics career peaked with a glorious medal for Glasgow University in the 4x200 relay in 1992 (look it up, it’s true, honest). Since then been talking about decathlon to anyone who will listen, or anyone who has ears. Civil servant in Edinburgh, Scotland. Loves to tell the stories of decathlon: the highs, the lows, the joy and the tears.

Gabby Pieraccini

I grew up with the almighty battles between Daley Thompson and Jurgen Hingsen. I was fascinated by how two people who looked so completely different in stature could compete in the same event. In other athletics events, we only get to watch athletes compete for a few moments, or even just a few seconds. In the decathlon, we live through two days and ten iterations of highs and lows. Every run, every jump, every throw.

Every decathlon has a story, and I do my best to help tell those stories – here, on Decathlonpedia, and on my own website

I follow decathlons, and heptathlons, all around Europe and beyond. I rejoiced in Berlin in 2009 at Trey Hardee’s and Jessica Ennis’ glorious wins. I winced in Birmingham in 2007 as Josef Karas limped around the 1000m, and cheered Ashton Eaton in Glasgow as he tried out the 400m hurdles in 2014. I gasped in Belgrade in 2017 as Mihail Dudas tumbled in the final event and cried in Berlin as Arthur Abele finally won European gold in 2018. And I was soaked in the champagne spray in Talence that followed Kevin Mayer’s breathtaking world record.

I grew up near Glasgow, Scotland and now live in Edinburgh with my husband, Andrew. When I’m not watching decathlons and athletics more generally, I work as a civil servant for the Scottish Government and drink a lot of Irn Bru.

Articles written by Gabby Pieraccini
Torun 2021 Countdown: Pawel Wiesiolek
Torun 2021 Countdown: Simon Ehammer
Torun 2021 Countdown: Darko Pesic
Torun 2021 Countdown: Andreas Bechmann
Torun 2021 Countdown: Pieter Braun
Torun 2021 Countdown: Kevin Mayer
Torun 2021 Countdown: Dario Dester
Torun 2021 Countdown: Maksim Andraloits
Torun 2021 Countdown: Risto Lillemets
Torun 2021 Countdown: Kai Kazmirek
Torun 2021 Countdown: Rik Taam
Torun 2021 Countdown: Jorge Urena
Meeting Réunion: Preview
Review: Ultimate Garden Clash - Decathlon Edition
The Decathlon Fantasy Five
2020: Fantasy or Reality?
Doha 2019: Review
Doha 2019 Countdown: Part Six
Doha 2019 Countdown: Part Five
Doha 2019 Countdown: Part Four
Doha 2019 Countdown: Part Three
Doha 2019 Countdown: Part 4
Doha 2019 Countdown: Part 3
Doha 2019 Countdown: Part 2
Doha 2019 Countdown: Part 1
Thorpe Cup 2019: Review
Thorpe Cup 2019: Preview
"Be A Decathlete of Life": Track and Field - Beyond Technique Training
European U23s Gävle 2019: Review
European U23s Gävle 2019: Preview
Ratingen 2019: Review
Ratingen 2019: Preview
Décastar 2019: Review
Décastar 2019: Preview
Hypomeeting Götzis 2019: Review
Hypomeeting Götzis 2019: Preview
The Magic of Götzis
Multistars 2019: Review
Multistars 2019: Preview
Glasgow 2019 Head to Head: The Results
Glasgow 2019 Head to Head: Battle of the Vikings
Glasgow 2019 Head to Head: The 6000 Points-busters
Glasgow 2019 Head to Head: In the Footsteps of Giants
Glasgow 2019 Head to Head: The NCAA Rivals
Glasgow 2019 Head to Head: The World Leaders
Glasgow 2019 Head to Head: The Medallists

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