Torun 2021 Countdown: Maksim Andraloits
Each day in the run up to the 2021 European Indoor Championships in Toruń, Decathlonpedia will feature some of the athletes competing in the heptathlon. Today, the No.1 Belarussian in 2021, Maksim Andraloits.
While this might be 23-year-old Maksim's first time at the European Indoor Championships, he is already a veteran of international championships, and he does well in Poland. We first saw him at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk in 2013, where he finished third in the octathlon won by a guy called Karsten Warholm (whatever happened to him?)
Andraloits then took bronze in the decathlon at the European U20 championships in Eskilstuna in 2015, again behind Warholm in second place. A year later, he won silver at the World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz. Maksim was actually 200 points ahead of the eventual winner at the end of day 1, but when the guy who is 200 points behind is Niklas Kaul ... you know how that ends. Andraloits returned to Poland a year later and finished 5th at the European U23 championships. He also competed at the European Championships in Berlin in 2018, aged just 21.
While Maksim is the national record holder at U20 hurdles in Belarus, we haven’t yet seen his full potential at the higher hurdles, and when that comes, he will have few weak events. In 2021 he completed his first senior heptathlon to win the Belarussian champs and score 6057, qualifying for the Euro Indoors. In doing so he set lifetime bests at the hurdles, in high and long jump, pole vault and shot. His teammates Vitaly Zhuk and Yury Yaremich were also in contention for selection due to their position on the world lists, but Andraloits came out on top.
Like many of the other decathletes in Toruń, Maksim has gone over 8000 points for the first time in the last year, scoring 8100 in Minsk in August 2000.