Decathlon Sports Retailer Runs Into Melbourne

Decathlon Sports Retailer Runs Into Melbourne

Victoria Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis

World’s Biggest Sports Retailer Coming To Melbourne

Victor P Taffa

World’s biggest sports retailer, Decathlon, is bringing its megastores to Melbourne and creating hundreds of jobs in the process.

Decathlon today announced it will be opening its first store in Box Hill, with 4-5 stores to be opened over the next 2 years each employing up to 100 people.

French company has more than 1,100 stores in more than 30 countries around the world and offers a huge range of sporting and outdoor goods in its large warehouse-style stores, which are typically about 3,500 sqm in size.

“Melbourne has been named the sporting capital of the decade, so it is only fitting that the world’s biggest sporting retailer is now setting up here.” Minister for Trade and Investment Philip Dalidakis said.

“This significant investment by the Decathlon will create hundreds of local jobs and give consumers more choice when they are shopping for sporting goods.”

Andrews Government has worked closely with Decathlon to facilitate its investment, having helped with approvals and site locations.

Victoria’s retail sector plays a crucial role in the economy, employing 365,000 people. Victorian retail trade grew by 4.5 % in 2017, faster than any other state, with turnover reaching $79.2 Billion and accounting for a quarter of national retail turnover.

“Decathlon is excited to become part of the Victorian community and we will be drawing on local businesses for supply services and actively supporting the communities we operate in.” Decathlon Australia Chief Executive Olivier Robinet said.

State Government is working hard to attract more investment and cut red tape in the sector so it continues to grow and employ more Victorians.

Andrews Government has worked closely with major global retailers that have invested in Melbourne including Costco, H&M, Uniqlo, Muji and Williams Sonoma.

 

Decathlon

Decathlon is a combined event in athletics consisting of 10 track and field events.

Decathlon combines:

  • 4 Runs
  • 3 Jumps
  • 3 Throws

This is the men’s ultimate all-round test, a 10-event contest covering the whole range of athletics disciplines spread over 2 days.

It was introduced as a 3 day event at the Stockholm Olympic Games in 1912.

 

Men’s Decathlon

Vast majority of international and top level men’s decathlons are divided into a 2 day competition, with the track and field events held in the order listed below. Traditionally, all decathletes who finish the event, rather than just the winner or medal winning athletes, do a round of honour together after the competition.

Day 1

  • 100 metres
  • Long Jump
  • Shot Put
  • High Jump
  • 400 metres

Day 2

  • 110 metres hurdles
  • Discus Throw
  • Pole Vault
  • Javelin Throw
  • 1500 metres

 

Women’s Decathlon

At major championships, the women’s equivalent of the Decathlon is the 7-event Heptathlon. Prior to 1981 it was the 5-event Pentathlon. In 2001, the IAAF approved scoring tables for a women’s Decathlon. Current world record holder is Austra Akujyte of Lithuania with 8,366. Women’s disciplines differ from men’s in the same way as for standalone events:

  • Shot Put,
  • Discus and Javelin weigh less,
  • Sprint Hurdles uses lower hurdles over 100 metres rather than 110 metres

Points tables used are the same as for the Heptathlon in the shared events. Schedule of events differs from the Men’s Decathlon. Field events switched between Day 1 and Day 2 to avoid scheduling conflicts when Men’s and Women’s Decathlon competitions take place simultaneously.

Day 1

  • 100 metres
  • Discus Throw
  • Pole Vault
  • Javelin Throw
  • 400 metres

Day 2

  • 100 metres hurdles
  • Long Jump
  • Shot Put
  • High Jump
  • 1500 metres

 

Abbreviations:

IAAF              International Association of Athletics Federations