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2016 IAAF Combined Events Challenge - Talence

 

17 SEP 2016 - 18 SEP 2016 Talence

FRA

Stade de Thouars    

Kasyanov and Broersen prevail in Talence thrillers


Both the decathlon and heptathlon competitions at the Talence Decastar were decided in the final events in a thrilling end to the 2016 IAAF Combined Events Challenge season on Sunday (18).

Oleksiy Kasyanov of Ukraine and Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands emerged as the winners in contests that were both settled by less than ten points.

In the decathlon, overnight leader Pierce LePage was fifth fastest in the day’s opening event, the 110m hurdles. The 20-year-old prospect clocked 14.69, which meant the Canadian remained in the lead but saw his advantage cut from 171 points to 95 over Kasyanov, whose 14.08 was the fastest of the day.

Estonia’s Maicel Uibo stayed in third courtesy of a 14.86, while Czech Adam Helcelet moved up to fourth with 14.44.

Kasyanov hacked another chunk out of LePage’s lead in the discus. After fouling his first attempt, the two-time world indoor silver medallist went out to 45.26m to lead the field. LePage produced a best of 40.79m, and while it was enough to retain the lead, his cushion was now just four points.

Uibo’s 43.50m meant he stayed third, while Helcelet stayed fourth overall after a 43.22m.

LePage responded in the pole vault, where the organisers invited the crowd to sit on the track, creating a buoyant atmosphere. He cleared 4.86m to Kasyanov’s 4.46m to establish a 124-point lead in the overall standings.

The event’s outstanding performer was Belgium’s Niels Pittomvils, who set a PB of 5.36m to lead the field and move fourth. Third-place Uibo cleared 4.96m to cut the gap on second to within 200 points.

Kasyanov lost further ground on LePage in the javelin as the Canadian produced another PB. His 48.88m was better than Kasyanov’s tired-looking 47.94m, and gave him a 138-point lead. Uibo, on the other hand, looked like a growing force: he went out to 59.91m to tie Kasyanov with 7322 points going into the final event.

That left things fantastically poised for the 1500m finale. LePage took up a position at the back of the strung-out pack, and after the first lap was out of touch. It meant the winner would be either Uibo or Kasyanov, and with 200 metres to go it was still in the balance.

In the end it was Kasyanov who found the extra gear, rallying to finish in 4:28.42 ahead of Uibo in 4:29.37. That left Kasyanov with a season’s best of 8077, just six points ahead of Estonian Uibo.

“It’s an incredible feeling to win,” said Kasyanov. “It’s not been a very good year for me – I didn’t finish at the Olympic Games and didn’t show myself well at the European Championships.

“I’m happy that I could get this result and also complete the competition.”

Though LePage was disappointed with his 4:58.77 time in the 1500m, he was not with his final score of 8027, a personal best that underlines his great potential.

Broersen finds delight on day two

At the start of the second day, Nadine Broersen was in fourth and 130 points behind overnight leader Yorgelis Rodriguez. The 2014 world indoor champion wasted little time in closing the gap.

In the day’s opening event, the long jump, she flew out to 6.38m, the second best mark of the field and just one centimetre off her personal best. With Rodriguez producing only 6.34m, the gap was already cut to 85 points.

Germany’s Claudia Rath moved third with 6.50m, the best jump in the field. After fouling her first two attempts, 2015 Talence winner Gyorgyi Zsivoczky-Farkas recorded 6.05m, seeing her drop from second to fourth overall.

Broersen then moved into the overall lead in the javelin, again finding her best form with her final throw, going out to 51.77m. Rodriguez could only produce 45.83m and so fell from the lead for the first time since the second event.

France’s Antoinette Nana Djimou Ida produced a 51.33m second-round effort to move third overall. Rath was delighted with her PB of 43.65m, which meant she clung to fourth ahead of Zsivoczky-Farkas, who threw 44.41m.

In the 800m finale the 30-point lead Broersen held was worth a little over two seconds, and from the gun she set about sticking to Rodriguez, who owned a season’s best close to three seconds better than the Dutchwoman’s.

The gap after the first lap was less than a second. By 600m Rodriguez had three-yards worth of daylight but wasn’t pulling away. She crossed the line in 2:15.73. A gasping Broersen was just behind in 2:17.64. It was just about close enough: she retained the lead by just four points to take the win with a season’s best of 6377.

“I wanted this so bad. I’m so happy,” said a beaming Broersen, who on Friday picked up a groin injury that put her participation in doubt.

“Today the long jump was good, javelin was good, the 800 was not so good, but it was enough to win here. It’s amazing.”

Behind the leading two, Rath produced the fastest 800m of the day (2:09.06) to finish third with 6310 ahead of 2015 Talence winner Zsivoczky-Farkas, who ended with 6248.

Though the results had no impact on the overall IAAF Combined Events Challenge standings – Kai Kazmierk and Carolin Schafer are now confirmed as the 2016 winners – it was a fittingly gripping end to an eventful combined events season.

Thomas Byrne for the IAAF

 
POSATHLETECOUNTRYPoints 100LJSPHJ400110HDTPVJT1500
1 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 8077 Points
Mark
Overall
940
10.65 (2)
940 (2)
915
7.42 (2)
1855 (2)
779
14.82 (2)
2634 (2)
794
1.99 (5)
3428 (2)
852
49.19 (2)
4280 (2)
964
14.08 (1)
5244 (2)
772
45.26 (1)
6016 (2)
748
4.46 (13)
6764 (2)
558
47.94 (14)
7322 (2)
755
4:28.42 (3)
8077 (1)
2 Maicel Uibo EST EST 8071 Points
Mark
Overall
808
11.24 (12)
808 (12)
878
7.27 (5)
1686 (9)
726
13.96 (8)
2412 (8)
934
2.14 (1)
3346 (3)
741
51.62 (16)
4087 (3)
865
14.87 (8)
4952 (3)
736
43.50 (5)
5688 (3)
898
4.96 (5)
6586 (3)
736
59.91 (5)
7322 (3)
749
4:29.37 (4)
8071 (2)
3 Pierce LePage CAN CAN 8027 Points
Mark
Overall
985
10.46 (1)
985 (1)
997
7.75 (1)
1982 (1)
739
14.18 (6)
2721 (1)
822
2.02 (2)
3543 (1)
909
48.01 (1)
4452 (1)
887
14.69 (5)
5339 (1)
681
40.79 (12)
6020 (1)
868
4.86 (7)
6888 (1)
572
48.88 (12)
7460 (1)
567
4:58.77 (14)
8027 (3)
4 Niels Pittomvils BEL BEL 7936 Points
Mark
Overall
825
11.16 (8)
825 (8)
898
7.35 (3)
1723 (6)
683
13.26 (12)
2406 (9)
740
1.93 (12)
3146 (10)
817
49.94 (6)
3963 (9)
885
14.71 (7)
4848 (8)
712
42.34 (9)
5560 (8)
1023
5.36 (1)
6583 (4)
663
55.00 (9)
7246 (6)
690
4:38.46 (10)
7936 (4)
5 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 7909 Points
Mark
Overall
821
11.18 (9)
821 (9)
807
6.97 (15)
1628 (13)
764
14.58 (3)
2392 (10)
767
1.96 (6)
3159 (8)
806
50.18 (10)
3965 (8)
902
14.57 (3)
4867 (7)
750
44.17 (4)
5617 (5)
929
5.06 (4)
6546 (5)
734
59.77 (6)
7280 (5)
629
4:48.33 (12)
7909 (5)
6 Willem Coertzen RSA RSA 7879 Points
Mark
Overall
883
10.90 (5)
883 (5)
874
7.25 (8)
1757 (5)
678
13.18 (13)
2435 (4)
714
1.90 (15)
3149 (9)
838
49.50 (3)
3987 (6)
896
14.62 (4)
4883 (5)
697
41.57 (11)
5580 (7)
748
4.46 (11)
6328 (10)
817
65.25 (2)
7145 (8)
734
4:31.56 (5)
7879 (6)
7 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 7878 Points
Mark
Overall
812
11.22 (11)
812 (11)
878
7.27 (7)
1690 (8)
737
14.14 (7)
2427 (5)
794
1.99 (3)
3221 (5)
828
49.72 (5)
4049 (4)
824
15.21 (12)
4873 (6)
722
42.82 (8)
5595 (6)
748
4.46 (14)
6343 (7)
827
65.88 (1)
7170 (7)
708
4:35.64 (8)
7878 (7)
8 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 7837 Points
Mark
Overall
821
11.18 (10)
821 (9)
830
7.07 (12)
1651 (12)
696
13.47 (11)
2347 (12)
767
1.96 (8)
3114 (12)
804
50.22 (11)
3918 (11)
857
14.94 (9)
4775 (10)
723
42.88 (7)
5498 (9)
837
4.76 (9)
6335 (8)
768
62.00 (4)
7103 (9)
734
4:31.65 (6)
7837 (8)
9 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 7800 Points
Mark
Overall
854
11.03 (6)
854 (6)
826
7.05 (13)
1680 (10)
741
14.21 (5)
2421 (6)
794
1.99 (3)
3215 (6)
779
50.79 (13)
3994 (5)
918
14.44 (2)
4912 (4)
730
43.22 (6)
5642 (4)
868
4.86 (8)
6510 (6)
771
62.22 (3)
7281 (4)
519
5:07.21 (15)
7800 (9)
10 Romain Martin FRA FRA 7628 Points
Mark
Overall
843
11.08 (7)
843 (7)
854
7.17 (10)
1697 (7)
723
13.92 (9)
2420 (7)
740
1.93 (10)
3160 (7)
813
50.04 (8)
3973 (7)
823
15.22 (13)
4796 (9)
616
37.58 (15)
5412 (10)
898
4.96 (6)
6310 (11)
697
57.30 (8)
7007 (10)
621
4:49.54 (13)
7628 (10)
11 Ruben Gado FRA FRA 7621 Points
Mark
Overall
899
10.83 (4)
899 (4)
878
7.27 (6)
1777 (4)
609
12.05 (16)
2386 (11)
740
1.93 (11)
3126 (11)
831
49.65 (4)
3957 (10)
783
15.56 (14)
4740 (11)
634
38.48 (14)
5374 (12)
960
5.16 (2)
6334 (9)
570
48.77 (13)
6904 (11)
717
4:34.17 (7)
7621 (11)
12 Gaël Quérin FRA FRA 7566 Points
Mark
Overall
782
11.36 (14)
782 (14)
869
7.23 (9)
1651 (11)
660
12.88 (14)
2311 (13)
740
1.93 (13)
3051 (14)
817
49.95 (7)
3868 (12)
848
15.01 (11)
4716 (12)
676
40.56 (13)
5392 (11)
807
4.66 (10)
6199 (13)
592
50.24 (11)
6791 (13)
775
4:25.42 (1)
7566 (12)
13 Axel Martin FRA FRA 7511 Points
Mark
Overall
784
11.35 (13)
784 (13)
842
7.12 (11)
1626 (14)
633
12.44 (15)
2259 (16)
767
1.96 (6)
3026 (15)
787
50.61 (12)
3813 (14)
852
14.98 (10)
4665 (13)
612
37.41 (16)
5277 (13)
929
5.06 (3)
6206 (12)
646
53.84 (10)
6852 (12)
659
4:43.48 (11)
7511 (13)
14 Lars Rise NOR NOR 7372 Points
Mark
Overall
738
11.57 (17)
738 (17)
746
6.71 (17)
1484 (17)
788
14.98 (1)
2272 (15)
714
1.90 (14)
2986 (16)
761
51.19 (15)
3747 (15)
776
15.62 (15)
4523 (14)
703
41.91 (10)
5226 (14)
748
4.46 (11)
5974 (14)
702
57.63 (7)
6676 (14)
696
4:37.56 (9)
7372 (14)
15 Pierre Joseph-Parfaite FRA FRA 5793 Points
Mark
Overall
753
11.50 (16)
753 (16)
757
6.76 (16)
1510 (16)
607
12.01 (17)
2117 (17)
687
1.87 (17)
2804 (17)
811
50.07 (9)
3615 (16)
885
14.71 (6)
4500 (15)
527
33.18 (17)
5027 (15)
0
NM
5027 (15)
0
NM
5027 (15)
766
4:26.82 (2)
5793 (15)
  Kevin Mayer FRA FRA DNF Points
Mark
Overall
901
10.82 (3)
901 (3)
893
7.33 (4)
1794 (3)
746
14.29 (4)
2540 (3)
714
1.90 (15)
3254 (4)
216
1:06.61 (17)
3470 (17)
0
DNF
3470 (17)
763
44.80 (2)
4233 (17)
0
NM
4233 (16)
0
DNS
DNF
 
  Marcus Nilsson SWE SWE DNF Points
Mark
Overall
776
11.39 (15)
776 (15)
816
7.01 (14)
1592 (15)
714
13.76 (10)
2306 (14)
767
1.96 (8)
3073 (13)
770
50.97 (14)
3843 (13)
0
DNF
3843 (16)
754
44.39 (3)
4597 (16)
0
DNS
DNF
   
  Basile Rolnin FRA FRA DNF Points
Mark
Overall
0
DNF
0 (18)
0
DNS
DNF
 
 
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