Sports history in Götzis
There are many reasons that make the Hypomeeting Götzis so unique.
The all-volunteer staff, the diversity of nations, the sporting highlights and records of the past years. We have collected some of them, 46 reasons to be precise, and compiled them in a book.
46 Gründe, die das Hypomeeting Götzis ausmachen.
The history of the hypomeeting
Sports history has already been written numerous times in Götzis.
47 years of athletics history from Götzis are summarised here. Which highlights of the athletics multi-discipline competition have you been to yourself?
This year the LG Montfort decided to apply for the organisation of the Austrian all-around championships. The all-around championships held in July 1973 brought not only the great Austrian record of Sepp Zeilbauer with exactly 8000 points but also a considerable spectator response. The preliminary round of the all-around European Cup in Innsbruck one month later (Sepp Zeilbauer again impressed with a new record) gave Armin Hug, Konrad Lerch, Elmar Oberhauser and Werner Ströhle the idea of organising an international event in the Möslestadion instead of the traditional all-around meeting in Schielleiten, which was no longer held.
The many international contacts of ÖLV all-around coach Konrad Lerch to his fellow coaches and athletes should form the basis for attractive starting fields.
Despite adverse weather conditions (rain and cold), there was an annual world best performance by Burglinde Pollak/GDR in the 5-fight and a Czech victory in the 10-fight by Petr Kratky. Great enthusiasm of the athletes and team leaders about the organisation and the cordial atmosphere, as well as a strong financial exit marked the first meeting.
The Volksbank could be won as a sponsor, subsidy promises from the federal government, the province and the market town of Götzis as well as from the ASVÖ prompted the initiators of the meeting Luis Fessler, Armin Hug, Konrad Lerch, Elmar Oberhauser and Werner Ströhle to try again. In the decathlon, Guido Kratschmer won with a world record and a new German record of 8,381 points (8,302 points table 1985) ahead of Sepp Zeilbauer, who achieved an Austrian record of 8,310 points (8,219). In the pentathlon Diane Jones/Canada celebrated a very narrow victory (6 points) ahead of Burglinde Pollak.
Local hero Sepp Zeilbauer wins the decathlon. Daley Thompson from Great Britain achieves a junior world record with 7,921 (7,865) points. In the pentathlon, Canada's Diane Jones-Konihowski wins again.
The winners this year are Guido Kratschmer and, for the first time, Jane Frederick from the United States.
French victory in the decathlon by Thierry Dubois, as well as the second success of Jane Frederick from the USA.
7000 spectators cheer the great improvement of the decathlon world record by Daley-Thompson/GBR to 8,622 points (8,648). In the pentathlon, Ekaterina Smirnova/URS became one of the crowd's favourites with her victory. Due to the boycott of the Olympic Games in Moscow by some countries, the 1980 meeting remained the only major meeting of the best all-around athletes from East and West.
Sepp Zeilbauer celebrates his second meeting triumph and Jane Frederick prevails in this year's first-ever women's heptathlon.
Daley Thompson/GBR improves the world record in the decathlon in the Möslestadion for the second time to 8,707 points (8,730) and wins clearly ahead of his great rival Jürgen Hingsen/BRD. Jane Frederick wins for the fourth time in Götzis and at the same time sets a new US record.
Great distinction of the event by the visit of the Federal President Dr. Rudolf Kirchschläger. The winners, Grigoriy Degtyaryov and Natalya Shubenkova, both come from the Soviet Union.
Grigoriy Degtyaryov repeats last year's victory with a world best and a new national record. His team-mate Nadezhda Vinogradova came out on top in the heptathlon. In the year of the boycott of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles by the Eastern states, Götzis once again impressively presents itself as the connecting point between Eastern and Western athletes.
Hypobank Vorarlberg becomes the new main sponsor of the meeting. A double victory in the decathlon by the GDR athletes Uwe Freimuth and Thorsten Voss contrasts with Jane Frederick's fifth (!) success in the heptathlon.
Ten years after his first success in 1976 in Götzis, Guido Kratschmer wins the decathlon for the third time since 1978. In the heptathlon, the star of women's athletics Jackie Joyner-Kersee from the USA sets new accents.
In front of a record crowd of almost 10,000 spectators, two loyal Mösle starters and crowd favourites, Siegfried Wentz (Germany) and Anke Behmer (East Germany), made their way onto the winners' lists for the first time in the decathlon and heptathlon respectively.
This year there is a clear dominance of the GDR athletes due to the successes of Uwe Freimuth in the decathlon and Anke Behmer in the heptathlon.
Christian Plaziat from France is the winner of the 15th Hypobank All-Around Meeting. In the heptathlon, Anke Behmer is the winner for the third time.
Two days of imperial weather, 8,000 spectators and two annual world best performances by Sabine Braun/BRD and Christian Schenk/DDR. These are the highlights of the 16th Hypobank All-Around Meeting. But the event is also distinguished by the visit of Federal Minister Dr. Hilde Hawlicek and the then Governor of Vorarlberg, Dr. Martin Purtscher. The federal government, the province and the municipality of Götzis also made the pleasant announcement that they would provide the necessary funds for the grandstand extension.
For the first time, athletes from the FRG and the former GDR are competing as a joint team. The performances of the first day suggest that it will rain records on Sunday. In reality, however, it rained from the sky on the second day - and in torrents. Despite the most adverse conditions, Michael Smith/CAN with 8,427 points and Sabine Braun/GER with 6,584 points achieve new annual world best performances.
"Two great days! Actually, it couldn't have been better!"
That's how Sabine Braun, the heptathlon world and European champion from Germany, sums it up after winning the Hypobank Meeting for the third time. Her 6,985 points are a German record and also a world best for the year.
Robert Zmelik from the CSR achieves the same. With 8,627 points, he also surpasses the previous national record and enters the winners' lists with a new annual world best.
A long cherished wish comes true! In a ceremonial act, the new press grandstand is opened and thus also the infrastructure of the stadium is significantly improved.
More than 10,000 spectators are a "Mösle record" on the meeting weekend this year. After the withdrawal of serial winner Sabine Braun due to injury, an athlete from Bulgaria wins in Götzis for the first time with Svetla Dimitrova. Eduard Hämäläinen, later vice world champion in Stuttgart, wins the decathlon with a Belarusian record of 8,604 points.
Top performances in both the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon: Eduard Hämäläinen with 8,735 points improves the stadium record of the legendary Daley Thompson from 1982 by 3 points.
Sabine Braun/GER becomes Mösle winner for the fourth time with the annual world best of 6,665 points.
Two new stars rise in the all-around sky in Götzis. Ghada Shouaa from Syria sensationally wins the heptathlon ahead of the high favourites Sabine Braun; Erki Nool from Estonia wins ahead of the favourite Eduard Hämäläinen.
6,715 and 8,575 points respectively mean annual world bests and national records.
The Syrian world champion Ghada Shouaa and the Canadian crowd favourite Mike Smith secured victories at the 22nd Hypomeeting with annual world best performances. With 6,942 points, last year's winner just missed the 7,000 mark. In his tenth appearance in Götzis, Mike Smith achieves a Canadian record with 8,626 points and stands on the podium again as the "King of the Decathletes" after 1991.
Drama in the men's decathlon: The first five athletes are only 150 points apart. In the end, Eduard Hämäläinen, now competing for Finland, triumphed for the third time in Götzis. His 8617 points were the best of the year. He was followed by Tomas Dvorak and Mike Smith.
In the women's event, Denise Lewis from Great Britain won for the first time. The 6,736 points achieved are a Commonwealth record!
Excellent start to the new "IAAF World Combined Events Challenge", the Champions League of all-around athletes at the Hypomeeting Götzis. With two annual world best performances, a lot of suspense, imperial weather and 10,000 fans in the Mösle Stadium, Erki Nool - supported by numerous Estonian fans - triumphed for the second time after 1995 (8,672 points), Irina Belova became heptathlon winner for the first time (6,466 points).
The 25th anniversary meeting produced Tomas Dvorak as the winner of the decathlon for the first time with 8,738 points. The world champion from the Czech Republic relegated crowd favourite Erki Nool to 2nd place. In the women's decathlon, 14 years after the victory of world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee, DeDee Nathan (6,577) won again in the USA.
In bright weather, however, the anniversary also brings a reunion with the "stars of yesterday". Daley Thompson, Siegi Wentz and Jane Frederick are enthusiastically celebrated by the audience together with other greats from the long history of the meeting.
The millennium in the Möslestadion begins with the best decathlon of all times worldwide. For the first time 15 decathletes surpass the 8,000-point mark and in an extremely exciting competition the winner is once again Tomas Dvorak (8,900). His training colleague Roman Sebrle (8,757) finished the decathlon in second place and made it onto the podium for the first time at the Hypomeeting Götzis.
World champion Eunice Barber from Sierra Leone now starts for France and celebrates a great victory with 6,842 points. With 15 athletes over 6,000 points, this heptathlon also goes down in the history of heptathlon as one of the best events.
WORLD RECORD YEAR: Sound barrier 9,000 points
In picture-book weather and high summer temperatures, Roman Sebrle is the first decathlete in the world to break a sound barrier in athletics and improves the world record of his compatriot Tomas Dvorak to an incredible 9,026 points! The jubilation and enthusiasm among the 11,000 spectators is boundless. This year, sports history will be written at the Hypomeeting Götzis and the meeting will become a highlight in the international TV and press sports coverage. Sebrle thanked the Hungarian Attila Zsivoczky, who set the necessary pace in a dramatic final 1500 m run and thus made the world record possible in the first place. In the heptathlon, Eunice Barber/FRA was celebrated as the winner in the Möslestadion for the 2nd time in a row.
The weather luck remained faithful to the event and Roman Sebrle repeated his victory from the previous year with 8,800 points, which remained the annual world best until the end of the season. With the 2nd place Tom Pappas, for the first time since 1977 a US decathlete manages a place on the podium at the Hypomeeting Götzis. The day of joy for the Americans was completed by Shelia Burrell's victory in the heptathlon.
Carolina Klüft from Sweden steals the show as the new star in the heptathlon and becomes the darling of the public with 6,602 points at her first appearance in Götzis. In the wake of the future world champion, several young talents like Simpson/GHA, Hellebaut/BEL and Ruckstuhl/NED surpassed themselves and achieved national records and personal bests. In the decathlon, Roman Sebrle becomes the first athlete to win en-suite for the 3rd time at the Hypomeeting Götzis, relegating Tom Pappas to 2nd place with 8,807 points. The latter turns the tables at the World Athletics Championships in Paris and wins the gold medal there ahead of Sebrle.
A Mösle meeting like in a fairy tale. The 30th edition of the classic in Götzis offers new superlatives. With 13,000 spectators, there is a record attendance. Big winners at the 30th "birthday" are the Swede Carolina Klüft (6,820 points) and the Czech Roman Sebrle (8,842 points) - both repeat their successes of the previous year. Dream weather, dream scenery, dream results! No less than twelve times the magic 8,000-point mark was surpassed in the decathlon, just as often the women in the heptathlon achieved 6,000-point results.
Again! Roman Sebrle and Carolina Klüft are the main actors in Götzis. The world record holder becomes the first athlete to win the most traditional all-around meeting in the world for the fifth time in a row.
Klüft's 6,824 points are the fourth best points result in Götzis history after the performances of Sabine Braun (6,985 points), Ghada Shouaa (6,942 points) and Eunice Barber (6,842 points).
An American in the Mösle - and one who wins. Bryan Clay is the first US decathlete to win the all-around in Götzis. With 8,677 points, which means a world best for the year, the 25-year-old is on the top of the podium after ten disciplines. Carolina Klüft celebrates her next triumph in the heptathlon in the Möslestadion and once again impressively proves her superiority in the heptathlon.
He came to the Hypomeeting Götzis as number ten, and Andrei Krauchanka left the Mösle as the winner. The Belarusian secured first place for the first time with 8,617 points ahead of the favoured Roman Sebrle and Bryan Clay.
In the women's event, Carolina Klüft's winning streak continues: Fifth start in the Mösle, fifth success in a row. It is the 18th victory in a row since July 2001.
He was already second and third in the Mösle, and in his fifth start Dimitriy Karpov put on the crown as Mösle winner in his 19th decathlon. The parade athlete from Kazakhstan won the exciting finish with 7 points ahead of the Russian Aleksey Sysoyev.
After five years of Carolina Klüft, this year the Russian Tatyana Chernova was crowned heptathlon queen with 6,618 points.
The 35th edition of the Hypomeeting Götzis brought about 10,000 visitors and new winners in the decathlon and heptathlon. Michael Schrader set off for a brilliant final in the tenth event, running 21 seconds faster and thus gaining a mini lead over the American Trey Hardee. In the end, six points separated the two first-place finishers. With 8,522 points, the 21-year-old became the first German since Christian Schenk in 1990 to celebrate a Mösle victory. Nataliya Dobrynska trumped Hanna Melnychenko and Lydmyla Yosypenko in the Ukrainian triathlon to win the women's event with 6,558 points. The Beijing Olympic champion finally clearly beat her compatriots with a strong finish in the 800m to win her "favourite meeting".
It is the 2nd victory of the American Bryan Clay in the "all-around Mecca" in Götzis after 2006. In exciting competitions, he won the decathlon with 8,483 points, despite some of the most adverse weather conditions. In a heptathlon with a strong field of competitors, the new crowd favourite from Great Britain succeeded in leaving all the competition behind - Jessica Ennis won the traditional meeting for the first time with a best performance of 6,689 points.
After an exciting competition in the best conditions and great atmosphere, the reigning world champion Trey Hardee from the USA was able to celebrate his first victory in the decathlon with a best performance of 8,689 points at the traditional Hypomeeting in Götzis. With an excellent 6,790 points and two new personal bests over 200m and 800m, Jessica Ennis celebrated her second victory in a row in the Möslestadion, relegating world champion Tatyana Chernova from Russia and 2011 European indoor champion Antoinette Nana-Djimou from France to second and third place.
Jessica Ennis is now the absolute superstar in the heptathlon and the legitimate successor to Carolina Klüft. Accompanied by a whole troop of British sports journalists, the British athlete won the heptathlon at the Hypomeeting Götzis with 6,906 points and also won the Olympic Games in London in the same year in impressive style. He was the surprise winner of 2012: Hans Van Alphen from the Netherlands wins the decathlon in Götzis with 8,519 points after a thrilling duel with Eelco Sintnicolaas, with a narrow margin of only 13 points.
In the worst weather conditions with rain and wintry cold - almost like the first meeting in 1975 - the 39th Hypomeeting took place and ended with a Canadian double victory. Brianne Theisen won the heptathlon with 6,376 points at her first appearance in the Möslestadion. With Damian Warner, another Canadian athlete made it onto the podium after Mike Smith's two victories in 1991 and 1996.
Roman Sebrle, one of the greatest athletes in the all-around, is ending his active career and will be bid farewell during the hypomeetings in the Möslestadion - where he set his world record in 2001 and was the first decathlete to surpass the magic 9,000 points with 9,026 points.
40 years of Hypomeeting - At this anniversary meeting Trey Hardee from the USA was able to win the decathlon for the second time after exciting competitions. The Austrian Dominik Distelberger exceeded the 8,000 points mark for the first time with a new personal best of 8,168 points and young athlete Dominik Siedlaczek won the rookie award with a new personal best. In an absolutely top-class heptathlon with 11 personal bests, three new national records and 51 personal bests in the individual disciplines, top-class athletics was once again on offer. The young British athlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the heptathlon at the Hypomeeting in her first appearance in Götzis.
The 41st edition of the Hypomeeting Götzis was once again an event of superlatives and the international press echo was greater than ever before. 11 TV stations from Austria, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Japan broadcast their reports from the Möslestadion.
85 journalists and photographers from 10 nations reported internationally from the all-around Mecca Götzis. To the greatest regret of the spectators and the organisers, however, the world record holder Ashton Eaton had to cancel his start in the decathlon in Götzis on Saturday morning due to injury.
In excellent conditions, Kai Kazmirek, a decathlete from Germany for the first time since 2009, secured the winner's trophy with 8,462 points. In the heptathlon Jessica Ennis-Hill made her comeback after her baby break. Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN) took the second victory at the Hypomeeting Götzis with 6,808 points.
The decathlon got off to a flying start: Damian Warner achieved the best time ever run in a decathlon with 10.15 sec. over 100m and thus holds the 100m world record within a decathlon. In the end, with 8,523 points, he was able to secure his 2nd victory at the Hypomeeting Götzis ahead of the Frenchman Kevin Mayer and last year's winner Kai Kazmirek. In the heptathlon, Brianne Theisen-Eaton won the competition for the 3rd time with a new world best of 6,765 points. After 2013, this was already the 2nd Canadian double victory of the two likeable top athletes Damian Warner and Brianne Theisen-Eaton in the Möslestadion. Sarah Lagger (AUT) was named Rookie of the Year.
In the best heptathlon of all times, the Belgian Nafissatou Thiam secured a superior victory in the heptathlon. With a sensational 7,013 points, she only just missed the European record held by Carolina Klüft with 7,032 points and was only the 4th athlete to join the illustrious circle of 7,000 point athletes with the Götzis result. Three new stadium records in the heptathlon - achieved by Nadine Visser/NED with 12.78 sec. in the 100m hurdles and by meeting winner Nafissatou Thiam with 1.98 m in the high jump and 59.32 m in the javelin throw - were celebrated by the expert audience in Götz. Géraldine Ruckstuhl set a new Swiss record in the javelin with the second best throw. With the decathlon victory and a new world best of 8,591 points, the Canadian crowd favourite Damian Warner was able to enter his name in the list of winners of the Hypomeeting Götzis/Vorarlberg for the third time, followed by Eelco Sintnicolaas/NED and Rico Freimuth/GER in second and third place. Stadium records were also set in the decathlon: Meeting winner Damian Warner equalled his hurdles best of 13.54 seconds on the new track, and Gaël Quérin from France was able to add his name to the list of stadium record holders in the 1500m. With these excellent results, the Hypomeeting Götzis/Vorarlberg was able to take first place in the meeting ranking of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge 2017 with 120,333 points, even before the World Championships in London. After extensive renovation work supported by the federal government, the state of Vorarlberg and the municipality of Götzis, the new running track passed its first test with flying colours at the 43rd edition of the Hypomeeting Götzis/Vorarlberg.
Another hypo meeting with superlative performances took place in excellent conditions on 25/26 May. Olympic and world champion Nafissatou Thiam from Belgium impressively confirmed her supremacy in the heptathlon. With 6,806 points and a new world best for the year, she won for the second time after 2017 ahead of Yorgelis Rodriguez (CUB) and Erica Bougard (USA), who each finished the heptathlon with a new personal best. Sensational was the high jump of the meeting winner: With a jumped height of 2.01m she achieved a new world record within the heptathlon and at the same time a new meeting record in the high jump discipline. The victory in the decathlon went to Damian Warner for the fourth time. He increased his personal best to 8,795 points and set a new Canadian national record, which is also a new world best for the year in the decathlon. The other places on the podium of the Hypomeeting Götzis 2018 were secured by Maicel Uibo (EST) and Pieter Braun (NED) - both also with new personal bests. After 2001 and 2017, the Hypomeeting Götzis / Vorarlberg 2018 was able to take the top spot in the IAAF Combined Events Challenge with a total of 118,569 points even before the European Championships in Berlin, thus once again confirming the international standing of this event.
The weekend started with a brilliant start, the world record over the 100m in the decathlon by Damian Warner (CAN) in 10.12 sec. Especially the Hypomeeting premiere starters were able to score with impressive performances this year and were good for numerous surprises. In the heptathlon the favourite Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GBR) prevailed. She won the heptathlon with an impressive 6,813 points; Laura Ikauniece (LAT, 6476 points) came second and Xénia Krizsán (HUN, 6,469 points) took the grandiose third place.
Damian Warner won the decathlon for the fifth time in Götzis with 8,711 points. Chapeau! Lindon Victor (GRN, 8,473 points) came second and Maicel Uibo (EST, 8,353 points) third. The performances of the German team are also remarkable - no less than four athletes found themselves in top-10 ranks at the end: Niklas Kaul (4th), Kai Kazmirek (6th), Tim Nowak (7th) and Manuel Eitel (9th). Sophie Weißenberg also finished in eighth place (6,293 points) at her Götzis premiere.
For the first time in 45 years, a hypo meeting had to be cancelled. Safety and health come first: Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the organisers had to decide with a heavy heart in March 2020 to cancel the meeting for 2020.
The fact that the coronavirus pandemic was still in full swing in spring 2021 also turned the planning of the Hypomeeting 2021 quite upside down. After intensive months of organisation and planning of various possible scenarios concerning hygiene and safety measures, the 46th Hypomeeting on 29 and 30 May in Götzis/Vorarlberg was perfectly organised. The athletes were incredibly grateful that shortly before the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the summer of 2021 they were finally able to compete on a large stage with international competitors. Despite the maximum permitted number of spectators of 500 people per day, the Hypomeeting was a complete success. After an outstanding start in the decathlon, Damian Warner (CAN) continuously extended his lead. He stayed overnight after the first day with a 322-point lead and the leader's starting number, which he kept until the end, securing his fantastic sixth victory in Götzis. From the very first event, Warner delivered an exceptional competition: in the 100m he stormed to 1,062 points with a time of 10.14 seconds, and in the long jump that followed he set a new meeting record and a new World Combined Best performance with an incredible 8.28m. After the first day and five events, even the 9,000 points were within realistic reach for Warner. There was even speculation about a possible new meeting or world record - 20 years after Roman Sebrle first broke the 9,000-point barrier in Götzis and set a new world record. In the end, Warner won the decathlon in Götzis for the 6th time with a sensational 8,995 points. Annie Kunz (USA), who was leading in the heptathlon after the first day, surprised herself with her performance until she finished the competition without a valid attempt in the long jump. After the main favourite Erica Bougard (USA) also had to end her competition early after an injury in the high jump, Anouk Vetter (NED) briefly took over as leader. But after seven events and several lead changes, Xénia Krizsán (HUN) prevailed with 6,651 points and a new PB in the heptathlon, followed by Anouk Vetter (NED) and Kendell Williams (USA).
Kendell Williams (USA) opened the fireworks with a time of 13.13s over the hurdles. Shortly after, the king of the last six years, Damian Warner (CAN) followed and sprinted the 100m with 10.14s as only he has ever done within the decathlon. Shortly after came another firework: Simon Ehammer (SUI) entered for his first attempt in the long jump. It was to be his only one. Faster than all his competitors before, the young Swiss sprinted towards the take-off board. He hit the board and sailed through the air like no decathlete before him. 8.45m, that means a world record within a decathlon, as well as a Swiss record and the world annual best in the long jump.