Kevin Mayer has broken the world record for decathlon with a performance of 9126 in Talence, France.
— IAAF (@iaaforg) September 16, 2018
The Frenchman’s mark bettered Ashton Eaton’s previous record, set at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, by 81 points.
“That was an incredible display of ability” said Eaton. “The more 9k can become commonplace the better. Alle!”
That was an incredible display of ability! I’m super happy for @mayer_decathlon & even more for the future of the decathlon. Important thing to me has always been to keep pushing the limit and inspiring others to do the same. The more 9k can become commonplace the better. Alle!
— Ashton Eaton (@AshtonJEaton) September 16, 2018
Mayer’s performance comes after a disappointing European Championships in Berlin this August, where he failed to record a mark in the second event – the long jump – and subsequently pulled out of the championships.
His marks in Talence were:
100m – 10.55 (0.3 m/s)
Long jump – 7.80m
Shot put – 16.00m
High jump – 2.05m
400m – 48.42
110m hurdles – 13.75 (-1.1 m/s)
Discus throw – 50.54m
Pole vault – 5.45m
Javelin – 71.90m
1500m – 4:36.11
Decathlon – 9126
Mayer’s performance came on a day that also saw a new world record in the men’s marathon.