Kevin Mayer breaks decathlon world record

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Kevin Mayer won the World Athletics Championships in 2017. Photo: Samuel Blanck.

Kevin Mayer has broken the world record for decathlon with a performance of 9126 in Talence, France.


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!”


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.


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First published on: 16 September, 2018 6:00 pm