Hans Van Alphen (born 1982) is a Belgian decathlete who is 6'3" (1.9m). As tall as I am, he is tall enough to be on this site but only just barely.
Van Alphen won the silver medal at the 2007 Summer Universiade and finished eleventh at the 2007 World Championships. In 2005, he became Belgian champion in the decathlon. He was the first Belgian decathlete to pass the 8000 points limit.
In 2008, Van Alphen was a competitor in the decathlon of the Beijing Olympics, but did not finish all the events due to injury.
He was just below the 8000-point mark at the 2010 Hypo-Meeting, where he came 13th, then he set a personal best score of 8072 points to finish fifth at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona. Continuing in that vein, he set a best in the men's heptathlon at the 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships, taking ninth place with a total of 5938 points.
Turning to the outdoor circuit, he improved a number of event bests at the Hypo-Meeting (including the 100 meters, high jump and long jump) and ended the competition in eleventh place with 8045 points. At the 2011 TNT - Fortuna Meeting in Kladno he put together his best series of results: following a best of 66.2 m in the javelin, he moved up four places in the final 500 meters to take the runner-up spot behind Leonel Suárez with a decathlon personal best of 820 points.
in 2012 he won the decathlon at the Hypo-Meeting with a score of 859. He ended fourth in the decathlon at the 2012 London Olympics. He ended the year with a win at the Decastar.
|HANS VAN ALPHEN ALONE IN BED|
Hans appears to be shopping for a new Auping brand mattress. Either that or he just likes sleeping in shopping centers to use mattresses for free. I don't speak Flemmish so how should I know? But wow is he handsome!
TRANSLATION: I am Hans Van Alphen, decathlon athlete. At the moment i'm in the world's champions' list top 15.
Salesman: what you sleep on now, is that a Lat-o-flex?
Van Alphen: No, it's, euhm, a box with springs. And it's starting to loose it's form.
Just from lying on this one for a moment, i already feel: aah :)
While preparing for London, rest is very important to me. More then a third of the time I spend resting. So a good bed is very important. And i found that here today. So my preparations for London will be going smooth now.