Kevin Mayer triumphs in Talence – and how. (Archive picture) (Photo: imago / East News)
Sunday, September 16, 2018
At the European Championships in Berlin, the French Kevin Mayer retires with invalid attempts in the long jump. Now the decathlete proves his absolute class at the end of the season and impressively improves the world record.
After Kevin Mayer stormed into the fabulous world record with mighty rage in his stomach, "King Arthur" Abele applauded enthusiastically and fell around the neck: One and a half months after his EM disaster in Berlin, France's decathlon world champion Mayer finished the season finale in Talence made for a bang and with a competition for the history books the world record on unbelievable 9126 points screwed. "I can not believe it! I'm so high on cloud nine that I get sunburned," said the 26-year-old, who scored a landmark athletics day at the home game in the Southwestern French all-around stronghold seven hours after Kenya's marathon ace Eliud Kipchoge set the first world record in Berlin (2:01:40). "I hope I've been able to show that decathlon is more than a sport," Mayer said. Entthronte congratulated. In Talence, Mayer remained 81 points above the American Ashton Eaton's record of 2015 (9045) – it was the biggest leap in the world record development for 49 years. "This is an impressive demonstration of skill, and I'm happy for Kevin and the future of the decathlon," Eaton tweeted. After Eaton and Czech ex-world record holder Roman Sebrle (9026) Mayer is the third decathlete, who cracked the magic 9000-point mark. His personal record of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio (8834) he pulverized. What alone Mayer's dominance clarified: After nine disciplines he had in Talence with 8421 almost as many points in the account as European champion Abele at the end of the European Championship decathlon. Mayer, whose 5.45 m in the pole vault stood out, in the final 1500 -meter run leisurely 4:49 minutes was enough – he ran twelve seconds faster. European champion Abele secures overall victoryMayers coup came with announcement, and he would have actually already come at the European Championships have to. In Berlin Mayer was a big favorite and arrived in outstanding form, but retired after three invalid attempts in the long jump. The Frenchman had to watch as the Ulm Abele marched to a glittering home victory. More about this topic For the first time in 16 years, the world record among the kings of the athletes does not belong to any decathlete from the Czech Republic or the USA. In 1992, also in Talence, the American Dan O'Brien had 8891 points, the best of the British icon Daley Thompson (8848) cracked. Thereafter, the Czechs Tomas Dvorak (8994/1999) and Sebrle (9026/2001) secured the world record before the reign of Eaton (9039/2013 and 9045/2015) began. European champion Abele came in Talence with 8310 points in second place and secured after his victories in Ratingen and at the European Championships, the overall victory in the IAAF Combined Events Challenge. The 32-year-old cashed for $ 30,000 prize money. Mayer was not in the classification with only one completed all-around this season. The overall victory went to Germany for the third time in a row after Kai Kazmirek (2016) and Rico Freimuth (2017) had won first. In the women's heptathlon, EM third-placed Carolin Schäfer (Frankfurt) won in Talence with 6457 points and took the Challenge overall ranking for the third time in a row.