2019 World Athletics Championships – Men's decathlon
|Men's decathlon |
at the 2019 World Championships
|Competitors||23 from 16 nations|
Because of the timetable, with the last competition finishing after midnight local time on the 4th October, the technical rules of decathlon were modified: since this edition, the decathlon has to be completed in a period of two 24 hours rather than over two consecutive days as before.
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World record holder and defending champion
Decathletes know their best performances and how they perform relative to their bests defines their success towards the ultimate point total. While it was no surprise
The speedy Warner won the 110 hurdles, with Mayer second but something wasn't right when he crossed the finish line. Still Mayer moved back into the lead with a solid discus, while Victor disappeared. In the pole vault, Mayer came down the runway on his first attempt and just kept going into the pit without jumping. He stood on the pit and blew a kiss to the crowd. His day was done. The pole vault saw lots of readjusting of the scoreboard as LePage took over the lead,
Protecting the lead, Warner and Uibo went to the front. Starting cautiously, Kaul waited behind them. That lasted 600 metres, then Kaul eased into the lead. Warner faded, essentially conceding gold and silver, but Uibo went with Kaul, looking squarely at the back of his shoulder-blades. This pace was unfamiliar territory for Uibo, not for Kaul. Over the next lap, the gap grew. Contact lost. Kaul had a lap to celebrate his coronation as the new World Champion.