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2008 Olympic Games Beijing - Men's Decathlon

 

 

Host City: Beijing, China Format: Scoring by 1985 point tables.
Date Started: August 21, 2008  
Date Finished: August 22, 2008  
(Competitors: 40; Countries: 28)  
    Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Overview by IAAF    2008_olympic_stadium.jpg
Clay was the favourite, having won the US Trials with 8832; the next best pre-Beijing was the talented Kravchenko with 8585. From the start Clay lived up to expectations. In torrential rain he ran 10.44 to earn 989 points, and after winning the long jump with 7.78, set a lifetime best of 16.27 in the shot. By this time he was leading by 145 points from Kasyanov’s 2717. A slightly below-par 1.99 high jump by Clay saw Kravchenko pick up 112 points on the leader, and the Belarussian then ran 47.30 to finish day one on 4433, as Clay ran 48.92 to lead with 4521 Any doubt over the destination of the gold medal was removed by Clay with his 13.93 hurdles, followed by his superb 53.79 discus. By now the American (on 6455) was leading by nearly 300 points from Kasyanov (6172) and Kravchenko (6139). Clay cleared 5.00 in the vault and threw an excellent 70.97 in the javelin, though here he was outshone by the 73.98 of 20 year-old Suárez. Clay ambled round the 1500m in 5:06.59. Had he matched his personal best he would have accumulated a score of 8956, but Clay was interested in the win, and he did so with 240 points to spare over Kravchenko. The Belarussian had started the 1500m with 13 points advantage over the precocious Suárez, and finished 24 ahead of the Cuban’s national record 8527.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The two best decathletes since 2004 had been Czech star Roman Šebrle and American Bryan Clay. They had taken turns since that time winning the major meets, and at Athina in 2004, Šebrle had won the gold and Clay the silver. They reversed that finish at the 2005 World Championships but in 2007, Šebrle returned to win the Worlds, as Clay was nursing an injury most of that year. At the major invitational, in Götzis, Austria, Clay won in 2006, ending the streak of Šebrle, who had won from 2001-2005. But going into Beijing Clay was favored, partly because Šebrle was at less than his best from injuries, and partly because he had been outstanding at the US Olympic Trials, which he won easily. The first day of the decathlon was difficult, with intermittent rains, which at times became a downpour. Clay won the first event, the 100, in the rain, and also won the long jump, taking a solid lead. When he set a personal best of 16.27 (53-4½) in the shot put, he seemed to be on his way to the gold medal, and was on world record pace. But he jumped poorly in the high jump, and had only a mediocre 400, and he had let the field back in the chase and obviated any chance of a world record. After five events, Šebrle was in fifth, with Clay leading Belarussian Andrey Kravchenko by 89 points. On the second day, Clay ran 13.93 in the hurdles and in one of his best events, the discus, nailed it with 53.79 (176-5¾), to secure the gold medal if he could finish. When he made a height in the pole vault, the gold medal was his. Kravchenko was in second after the vault and javelin and held on in the 1,500 with 4:27.47 to get silver. Cuba’s Lionel Suárez was a surprising third, moving up from sixth place after the first day. Šebrle never factored for a medal, placing sixth. Clay struggled thru the 1,500, running 5:06.59 but won gold by 240 points.
 

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record Czech Republic Roman Šebrle (CZE) 9026 points Götzis, Austria 27 May 2001
Olympic record  Roman Šebrle (CZE) 8893 points Athens, Greece 24 August 2004
 
        Results        

The men's decathlon at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place between August 21 and 22, at the Beijing National Stadium.

The qualifying standards were 8,000 points (A standard) and 7,700 points (B standard)
 
Decathlon Men     Final 22 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 8791     Bryan Clay United States USA 3 Jan 80  
2 8551     Andrei Krauchanka Belarus BLR 4 Jan 86  
3 8527     Leonel Suárez Cuba CUB 1 Sep 87 NR
4 8328     Aleksandr Pogorelov Russia RUS 10 Jan 80  
5 8253     Romain Barras France FRA 1 Aug 80  
6 8241     Roman Šebrle Czech Republic CZE 26 Nov 74  
7 8238     Oleksiy Kasyanov Ukraine UKR 26 Aug 85  
8 8220     André Niklaus Germany GER 30 Aug 81  
9 8205     Maurice Smith Jamaica JAM 28 Sep 80  
10 8194     Michael Schrader Germany GER 1 Jul 87  
11 8178     Mikk Pahapill Estonia EST 18 Jul 83  
12 8154     Aleksey Drozdov Russia RUS 3 Dec 83  
13 8118     Andres Raja Estonia EST 2 Jun 82  
14 8055     Eugène Martineau Netherlands NED 14 May 80  
15 7992     Yordanis García Cuba CUB 21 Nov 88  
16 7906     Mikalai Shubianok Belarus BLR 4 May 85  
17 7838     Aliaksandr Parkhomenka Belarus BLR 22 Mar 81  
18 7835     Qi Haifeng China CHN 7 Aug 83  
19 7714     Massimo Bertocchi Canada CAN 27 Sep 85  
20 7665     Jangy Addy Liberia LBR 2 Mar 85  
21 7516     Daniel Awde Great Britain GBR 22 Jun 88  
22 7483     Hadi Sepehrzad Iran IRI 19 Jan 83  
23 7336     Damjan Sitar Slovenia SLO 17 Aug 81  
24 7021     Slaven Dizdarevič Slovakia SVK 3 Aug 81  
25 6876     David Gómez Spain ESP 13 Feb 81  
26 6486     Mikko Halvari Finland FIN 4 Mar 83  
  DNF     Gonzalo Barroilhet Chile CHI 19 Mar 86  
  DNF     Trey Hardee United States USA 7 Feb 84  
  DNF     Jānis Karlivāns Latvia LAT 2 Jun 82  
  DNF     Aleksey Sysoyev Russia RUS 8 Mar 85  
  DNF     Pavel Andreyev Uzbekistan UZB 24 Nov 78  
  DNF     Carlos Chinin Brazil BRA 3 May 85  
  DNF     Victor Covalenco Moldova MDA 26 Oct 75  
  DNF     Frédéric Xhonneux Belgium BEL 11 May 83  
  DNF     Arthur Abele Germany GER 30 Jul 86  
  DNF     Hans Van Alphen Belgium BEL 12 Jan 82  
  DNF     Vitaliy Smirnov Uzbekistan UZB 25 Oct 78  
  DNF     Tom Pappas United States USA 6 Sep 76  
  DNF     Attila Zsivoczky Hungary HUN 29 Apr 77  
  DNF     Dmitriy Karpov Kazakhstan KAZ 23 Jul 81  
 
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Overall results

Key
 The highest mark recorded in each event is highlighted in yellow
Rank Athlete Overall points 100 m LJ SP HJ 400 m 110 m H DT PV JT 1500 m
1st  Bryan Clay (USA) 8791 989
10.44 s
1005
7.78 m
868
16.27 m
794
1.99 m
865
48.92 s
984
13.93 s
950
53.79 m
910
5.00 m
904
70.97 m
522
5:06.59 min
2nd  Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) 8551 870
10.96 s
962
7.61 m
752
14.39 m
906
2.11 m
943
47.30 s
948
14.21 s
758
44.58 m
910
5.00 m
741
60.23 m
761
4:27.47 min
3rd  Leonel Suárez (CUB) 8527 (NR) 883
10.90 s
893
7.33 m
758
14.49 m
850
2.05 m
913
47.91 s
955
14.15 s
756
44.45 m
819
4.70 m
950
73.98 m
750
4:29.17 min
4  Aleksandr Pogorelov (RUS) 8328 845
11.07 s
903
7.37 m
884
16.53 m
878
2.08 m
773
50.91 s
915
14.47 s
871
50.04 m
910
5.00 m
798
64.01 m
551
5:01.56 min
5  Romain Barras (FRA) 8253 (SB) 804
11.26 s
833
7.08 m
816
15.42 m
767
1.96 m
837
49.51 s
948
14.21 s
770
45.17 m
910
5.00 m
819
65.40 m
749
4:29.29 min
6  Roman Šebrle (CZE) 8241 (SB) 814
11.21 s
980
7.68 m
776
14.78 m
906
2.11 m
836
49.54 s
885
14.71 s
777
45.50 m
849
4.80 m
797
63.93 m
621
4:49.63 min
7  Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR) 8238 (SB) 968
10.53 s
950
7.56 m
799
15.15 m
767
1.96 m
924
47.70 s
927
14.37 s
837
48.39 m
702
4.30 m
612
51.59 m
752
4:28.94 min
8  André Niklaus (GER) 8220 834
11.12 s
883
7.29 m
681
13.23 m
850
2.05 m
831
49.65 s
927
14.37 s
775
45.39 m
972
5.20 m
741
60.21 m
726
4:32.90 min
9  Maurice Smith (JAM) 8205 894
10.85 s
823
7.04 m
795
15.09 m
794
1.99 m
911
47.96 s
964
14.08 s
889
50.91 m
790
4.60 m
611
51.52 m
734
4:31.62 min
10  Michael Schrader (GER) 8194 906
10.80 s
985
7.70 m
708
13.67 m
794
1.99 m
886
48.47 s
885
14.71 s
673
40.41 m
849
4.80 m
742
60.27 m
766
4:26.77 min
11  Mikk Pahapill (EST) 8178 (PB) 827
11.15 s
823
7.04 m
750
14.36 m
906
2.11 m
774
50.90 s
910
14.51 s
857
49.35 m
849
4.80 m
845
67.07 m
637
4:47.03 min
12  Aleksey Drozdov (RUS) 8154 856
11.02 s
869
7.23 m
867
16.26 m
822
2.02 m
744
51.56 s
789
15.51 s
817
47.43 m
941
5.10 m
777
62.57 m
672
4:41.34 min
13  Andres Raja (EST) 8118 (PB) 885
10.89 s
883
7.29 m
777
14.79 m
767
1.96 m
862
48.98 s
967
14.06 s
661
39.83 m
849
4.80 m
846
67.16 m
621
4:49.60 min
14  Eugène Martineau (NED) 8055 819
11.19 s
859
7.19 m
715
13.78 m
794
1.99 m
815
49.99 s
882
14.73 s
748
44.09 m
819
4.70 m
911
71.44 m
693
4:37.96 min
15  Yordanis García (CUB) 7992 942
10.64 s
830
7.07 m
840
15.82 m
767
1.96 m
830
49.66 s
987
13.90 s
598
36.73 m
819
4.70 m
822
65.60 m
557
5:00.49 min
16  Mikalai Shubianok (BLR) 7906 (SB) 793
11.31 s
781
6.86 m
782
14.88 m
794
1.99 m
814
50.02 s
908
14.52 s
783
45.80 m
790
4.60 m
769
62.10 m
692
4:38.14 min
17  Aliaksandr Parkhomenka (BLR) 7838 797
11.29 s
811
6.99 m
820
15.49 m
740
1.93 m
782
50.71 s
842
15.06 s
772
45.27 m
819
4.70 m
807
64.60 m
648
4:45.17 min
18  Qi Haifeng (CHN) 7835 (SB) 827
11.15 s
866
7.22 m
692
13.40 m
740
1.93 m
843
49.39 s
899
14.60 s
797
46.46 m
702
4.30 m
784
63.09 m
685
4:39.32 min
19  Massimo Bertocchi (CAN) 7714 861
11.00 s
826
7.05 m
734
14.10 m
714
1.90 m
875
48.72 s
934
14.32 s
765
44.91 m
819
4.70 m
520
45.33 m
666
4:42.26 min
20  Jangy Addy (LBR) 7665 (NR) 915
10.76 s
905
7.38 m
784
14.91 m
740
1.93 m
885
48.51 s
935
14.31 s
711
42.30 m
673
4.20 m
626
52.50 m
491
5:12.22 min
21  Daniel Awde (GBR) 7516 847
11.06 s
842
7.12 m
608
12.03 m
610
1.78 m
950
47.16 s
887
14.69 s
606
37.12 m
880
4.90 m
636
53.18 m
491
5:12.22 min
22  Hadi Sepehrzad (IRI) 7483 878
10.92 s
767
6.80 m
852
16.02 m
714
1.90 m
780
50.75 s
894
14.64 s
877
50.32 m
617
4.00 m
582
49.56 m
522
5:06.67 min
23  Damjan Sitar (SLO) 7336 814
11.21 s
874
7.25 m
631
12.41 m
850
2.05 m
810
50.10 s
846
15.03 s
649
39.25 m
617
4.00 m
548
47.23 m
697
4:37.37 min
24  Slaven Dizdarevič (SVK) 7021 825
11.16 s
818
7.02 m
727
13.97 m
767
1.96 m
724
52.02 s
777
15.61 s
662
39.86 m
617
4.00 m
494
43.58 m
610
4:51.42 min
25  David Gómez (ESP) 6876 834
11.12 s
778
6.85 m
703
13.58 m
636
1.81 m
849
49.27 s
897
14.61 s
668
40.17 m
0
NM
771
62.22 m
740
4:30.74 min
26  Mikko Halvari (FIN) 6486 821
11.18 s
785
6.88 m
711
13.72 m
740
1.93 m
787
50.60 s
705
16.25 s
823
47.71 m
0
NM
665
55.11 m
449
5:20.26 min
N/A  Gonzalo Barroilhet (CHI) DNF 789
11.33 s
833
7.08 m
681
13.23 m
740
1.93 m
729
51.91 s
941
14.26 s
789
46.07 m
0
NM
DNS DNS
N/A  Trey Hardee (USA) DNF 970
10.52 s
990
7.72 m
697
13.49 m
850
2.05 m
921
47.75 s
949
14.20 s
737
43.55 m
0
NM
DNS DNS
N/A  Jānis Karlivāns (LAT) DNF 782
11.36 s
876
7.26 m
780
14.85 m
661
1.84 m
742
51.61 s
816
15.28 s
757
44.54 m
DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Alexey Sysoev (RUS) DNF 854
11.03 s
760
6.77 m
816
15.42 m
906
2.11 m
782
50.71 s
0
DNF
DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Carlos Chinin (BRA) DNF 863
10.99 s
799
6.94 m
0
NM
794
1.99 m
851
49.21 s
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Pavel Andreev (UZB) DNF 759
11.47 s
725
6.62 m
738
14.15 m
794
1.99 m
0
DNF
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Frédéric Xhonneux (BEL) DNF 771
11.41 s
799
6.94 m
728
13.99 m
714
1.90 m
0
DNF
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Victor Covalenco (MDA) DNF 677
11.87 s
697
6.50 m
694
13.44 m
636
1.81 m
0
DNF
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Arthur Abele (GER) DNF 883
10.90 s
691
6.47 m
701
13.55 m
714
1.90 m
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Hans van Alphen (BEL) DNF 799
11.28 s
709
6.55 m
781
14.86 m
661
1.84 m
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Vitaliy Smirnov (UZB) DNF 740
11.56 s
0
NM
698
13.51 m
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Tom Pappas (USA) DNF 834
11.12 s
913
7.41 m
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Attila Zsivoczky (HUN) DNF 679
11.86 s
0
NM
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
N/A  Dmitriy Karpov (KAZ) DNF 685
11.83 s
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
 

Men's Decathlon - 100m

Clay starts well, leads decathlon after first event

The men’s Decathlon started in torrential rain at the National Stadium in Beijing. Just moments before the start of the event water poured down extremely hard, but it seemed to slow down just a bit and the results were affected surprisingly little.

The first event of the Olympic Decathlon produced one major upset with 2004 Olympic bronze medallist Dmitriy Karpov clearly injured and not able to defend his bronze here. Karpov finished the 100m in 11.83, almost one second slower than his season’s best 10.85.

Fastest in the first event was, as expected, the number one gold medal favoutite Bryan Clay clocking a very good 10.44 despite the rain. The American has scored a world leading 8832 points this season, more than 250 more than anyone else and only lost 12 points in comparison to that series in the first event.

Countryman Trey Hardee also started well at 10.52 and Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR) followed in 10.53. Hardee is fighting for medals here, but Kasyanov will not because he is only a little over 8000-man in total points.

Cuban Yordanis García set a personal best 10.64 and another Cuban Leonel Suárez, already a medal favourite before the competition, set a huge personal best 10.90 cutting 0.24 off his previous best and is already 53 points ahead of his personal best series 8451 points from earlier this season.

Of the athletes in the medal contention Tom Pappas (USA, 11.12) and Aleksey Sysoyev (RUS, 11.03) lost a lot of points in the first event, but Andrei Krauchanka (BLR), the number two on the 2008 world list, ran 10.96, 0.02 faster than in his season’s best series 8585 points.

The Belarussian started very differently this time in comparison to the Osaka World Championships where he was disqualified for two false starts in the first event!

Olympic champion Roman Sebrle started with a 11.21 100m and will need a lot of points in other events to get to the medal fight – his SB 8076 is about 500 points less than other medal candidates have scored this season and his 100m score was even 11 points less than he had in that SB series.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

 

Heat 1 21 AUG 2008 09:20 Wind -0.6

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 10.90 PB 883 0.149
2 Aleksandr Pogorelov RUS RUS 11.07   845 0.159
3 André Niklaus GER GER 11.12   834 0.147
4 Mikk Pahapill EST EST 11.15   827 0.153
5 Mikko Halvari FIN FIN 11.18   821 0.167
6 Roman Šebrle CZE CZE 11.21   814 0.150
7 Damjan Sitar SLO SLO 11.21   814 0.158
8 Janis Karlivans LAT LAT 11.36   782 0.153
 

Heat 2 21 AUG 2008 09:27 Wind -0.2

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Yordani García CUB CUB 10.64 PB 942 0.144
2 Maurice Smith JAM JAM 10.85 SB 894 0.148
3 Andres Raja EST EST 10.89 =PB 885 0.145
4 Andrei Krauchanka BLR BLR 10.96 SB 870 0.174
5 Carlos Chinin BRA BRA 10.99   863 0.176
6 Alexey Sysoev RUS RUS 11.03   854 0.156
7 Daniel Awde GBR GBR 11.06   847 0.145
8 Tom Pappas USA USA 11.12   834 0.191
 

Heat 3 21 AUG 2008 09:34 Wind +0.3

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Bryan Clay USA USA 10.44   989 0.136
2 Trey Hardee USA USA 10.52   970 0.144
3 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 10.53 PB 968 0.157
4 Jangy Addy LBR LBR 10.76 PB 915 0.187
5 Michael Schrader GER GER 10.80   906 0.186
6 Arthur Abele GER GER 10.90   883 0.136
7 Massimo Bertocchi CAN CAN 11.00   861 0.181
8 Dmitriy Karpov KAZ KAZ 11.83   685 0.128
 

Heat 4 21 AUG 2008 09:41 Wind -0.4

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 David Gómez ESP ESP 11.12 SB 834 0.137
2 Haifeng Qi CHN CHN 11.15 SB 827 0.177
3 Eugene Martineau NED NED 11.19   819 0.129
4 Hans van Alphen BEL BEL 11.28   799 0.171
5 Aliaksandr Parkhomenka BLR BLR 11.29 =SB 797 0.194
6 Gonzalo Barroilhet CHI CHI 11.33   789 0.169
7 Pavel Andreev UZB UZB 11.47   759 0.145
8 Vitaliy Smirnov UZB UZB 11.56   740 0.145
 

Heat 5 21 AUG 2008 09:48 Wind -0.1

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Hadi Sepehrzad IRI IRI 10.92   878 0.157
2 Aleksey Drozdov RUS RUS 11.02   856 0.119
3 Slaven Dizdarevic SVK SVK 11.16   825 0.175
4 Romain Barras FRA FRA 11.26 SB 804 0.170
5 Mikalai Shubianok BLR BLR 11.31 SB 793 0.150
6 Frédéric Xhonneux BEL BEL 11.41 SB 771 0.133
7 Attila Zsivóczky-Pandel HUN HUN 11.86   679 0.179
8 Victor Covalenco MDA MDA 11.87   677 0.154
 

Men's Decathlon - Long Jump

Bryan Clay tops the long jump too, decathlon after event two

World leading decathlete Bryan Clay (USA) is, not surprisingly, at the top of the Olympic Decathlon competition after the first two events. The 28-year-old, who was the silver medallist at the 2004 Olympics, jumped 7.78m, a season’s best and his best wind legal mark since Athens where he set his PB 7.96m.

Clay, whose decathlon does not include any weak events before the 1500m, is now leading with 1994 points, 34 more than countryman Trey Hardee, who is second with 1960 after event two. Clay is now 85 points ahead of his PB series 8832 from earlier this season and going for a total score of more than 8900.

The Olympic record stands at 8893 points by reigning Olympic champion Roman Sebrle (CZE) in 2004.

Hardee has also started well, his long jump result was 7.72m and he is still well within reach for the medals. Sebrle jumped a season’s best 7.68m and is 7th with 1794 points at this stage. The Czech World record holder has to do much better in the remaining three events of the day than he has done earlier this season, otherwise he will be too far away from the others even before day two starts.

Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR) is third with 1918 points after a 7.56m long jump and German Michael Schrader fourth with 1891 (7.70m long jump).

Medal favourite Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) continued well in the jump with 7.61m and is 5th with 1832 and only 13 points off his 8585 season’s best result at this stage.

Cuban Leonel Suárez is also in medal contention following his second personal best in two events, 7.33m in the long jump. He is 8th with 1776 and already 77 ahead of his PB series 8451.

Aleksey Sysoyev (RUS) and Tom Pappas (USA) both have had disappointing starts. Sysoyev jumped only 6.77m with Pappas reaching 7.41m, both already dropping off the top athletes in the competition.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Group A 21 AUG 2008 11:00

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Wind Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Jangy Addy LBR LBR 7.38 +0.9 905 PB 7.31 +0.8 7.20 +2.1 7.38 +0.9
2 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 7.33 +0.8 893 PB   7.33 +0.8  
3 Aleksey Drozdov RUS RUS 7.23 -0.1 869   7.23 -0.1   7.15 +1.6
4 Haifeng Qi CHN CHN 7.22 +1.6 866     7.06 +0.1 7.22 +1.6
5 Daniel Awde GBR GBR 7.12 +0.3 842 SB 6.98 -0.3 7.12 +0.3 7.04 -0.8
6 Romain Barras FRA FRA 7.08 +1.0 833 SB   6.80 -0.7 7.08 +1.0
7 Gonzalo Barroilhet CHI CHI 7.08 +1.9 833       7.08 +1.9
8 Yordani García CUB CUB 7.07 +0.3 830 SB 7.07 +0.3   7.00 +1.1
9 Slaven Dizdarevic SVK SVK 7.02 +0.3 818   6.83 -1.3 6.59 -0.6 7.02 +0.3
10 Aliaksandr Parkhomenka BLR BLR 6.99 0.0 811 SB 6.99 0.0 5.66 -0.3  
11 Mikko Halvari FIN FIN 6.88 -0.2 785     6.88 -0.2  
12 Mikalai Shubianok BLR BLR 6.86 +0.6 781 SB 6.86 +0.6 6.57 +0.8 6.75 +0.7
13 Hadi Sepehrzad IRI IRI 6.80 +1.0 767   6.80 +1.0 6.69 -0.8 6.63 +0.7
14 Alexey Sysoev RUS RUS 6.77 +0.3 760     6.77 +0.3 6.39 +0.1
15 Pavel Andreev UZB UZB 6.62 -0.3 725   6.62 -0.3 6.47 -0.5 6.45 +0.7
16 Hans van Alphen BEL BEL 6.55 +0.3 709       6.55 +0.3
17 Victor Covalenco MDA MDA 6.50 +0.7 697     6.37 -0.4 6.50 +0.7
  Attila Zsivóczky-Pandel HUN HUN NM   0        
  Vitaliy Smirnov UZB UZB NM   0        
  Dmitriy Karpov KAZ KAZ DNS   0        

Group B 21 AUG 2008 11:00

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Wind Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Bryan Clay USA USA 7.78 0.0 1005 SB 7.64 +0.4 7.78 0.0 7.61 -0.7
2 Trey Hardee USA USA 7.72 -0.2 990   7.72 -0.2 7.43 -0.1 7.34 +0.1
3 Michael Schrader GER GER 7.70 -0.1 985   7.70 -0.1 7.60 +0.6  
4 Roman Šebrle CZE CZE 7.68 +0.8 980 SB 7.67 -0.6   7.68 +0.8
5 Andrei Krauchanka BLR BLR 7.61 -0.2 962   7.61 -0.2 7.25 -1.0  
6 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 7.56 +1.2 950     7.56 +1.2  
7 Tom Pappas USA USA 7.41 +1.3 913   7.41 +1.3    
8 Aleksandr Pogorelov RUS RUS 7.37 +0.6 903   7.31 +0.7   7.37 +0.6
9 André Niklaus GER GER 7.29 +1.4 883 SB 7.29 +1.4 7.23 0.0  
10 Andres Raja EST EST 7.29 +0.2 883     7.29 +0.2  
11 Janis Karlivans LAT LAT 7.26 +1.3 876     7.26 +1.3  
12 Damjan Sitar SLO SLO 7.25 -0.1 874 SB 7.25 -0.1    
13 Eugene Martineau NED NED 7.19 +0.6 859   7.00 +0.2   7.19 +0.6
14 Massimo Bertocchi CAN CAN 7.05 -0.8 826   7.03 +1.7 7.05 -0.8  
15 Maurice Smith JAM JAM 7.04 -0.8 823   6.95 +1.4 7.04 -0.8  
16 Mikk Pahapill EST EST 7.04 +0.6 823     5.51 +0.5 7.04 +0.6
17 Frédéric Xhonneux BEL BEL 6.94 +0.5 799   6.92 +0.2   6.94 +0.5
18 Carlos Chinin BRA BRA 6.94 0.0 799     5.50 +0.4 6.94 NWI
19 David Gómez ESP ESP 6.85 +0.9 778   6.79 +0.5 6.82 -0.6 6.85 +0.9
20 Arthur Abele GER GER 6.47 +0.3 691     6.47 +0.3

Men's Decathlon - Shot Put

Clay in terrific form, going for 9000 points now – decathlon after event three

Bryan Clay (USA) is not a newcomer in major championships, but this decathlon is the first time the 28-year-old is totally in his own class. The American got off to a slow start in major championships unable to finish in Edmonton 2001 and Paris 2003. He then succeeded in Budapest 2004 and won the silver medal in the Heptathlon there at the World Indoor Championships. 2004 continued well with another silver in Athens at the Olympic Games, and Clay won the World title in Helsinki 2005 for his first top finish.

The third event at the Beijing Olympics, the Shot Put, was the first where Clay got a personal best to continue a very good start with a 16.27m throw to add two centimetres to his earlier best 16.25m from the Helsinki Decathlon in 2005. In 100m he only missed his PB by 0.08s clocking 10.44 and then a 7.78m Long Jump was quite close too to his 7.96m PB.

Clay is now leading by a huge margin of 145 points already after three events having scored 2862 points and Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR) who is second with 2717 at this stage having thrown a 15.15m Shot Put missing his PB only by 4cm. But the Ukrainian, who might in good position after day one, will be drop way back on day two because of his weak events discus, pole vault and javelin.

In fact Clay is very close to World record pace after three events. Roman Sebrle’s (CZE) World record is 9026 points from Götzis 2001 and the American has already scored 153pts more in the first three events than he did in his personal best series 8832 points at the Olympic Trials. This would give him 8985 total points and the next two events will decide a lot about his quest for 9000 here.

Clay cleared 2.08m in Eugene in June and has a personal best 2.09m from 2007 (2.10i indoors 2006 and 2.09m indoors this winter) and ran a 48.41 400m in his PB series. Clay’s personal best stands 47.78 from the Helsinki World Championships so there would be room for improvement in this event.

Trey Hardee (USA) is in third place after a bit disappointing 13.49m Shot Put with 2657 total points. The American has dropped back a bit and is now 65pts behind his PB series 8534p. Aleksandr Pogorelov (RUS) was the best athlete in the Shot Put with 16.53m only missing his personal best by one centimetre. But the Russian, who is now fourth with 2632, is not yet fighting for the medals and needs more personal best level performances to get closer to the top athletes.

Just 19-year-old Cuban Yordanis García has had a good start and set a personal best 15.82m in the Shot Put and now has 2612 for 5th place at the moment. Jangy Addy is 6th with 2604 and the former American, who is competing for Liberia for the first time, is on his way to break Hamdi Dhouibi’s (TUN) African record of 8023.

One of the medal favourites, Andrei Krauchanka (BLR), bettered his personal best in Shot Put by 17cm to 14.39m and is well on his way for a medal here. The Belarussian is 9th with 2584 and is only 3 points off his season’s best series 8585.

The biggest surprise of the Olympic Decathlon so far has easily been 20-year-old Cuban Leonel Suárez, who has twice this season improved the Cuban national record which nows stands at 8451p from Ratingen 21-22 June. Young Cuban, who only beat the 8000 mark for the first time last season, really doesn’t have his best events at the start of Decathlon. In the Shot Put he added a huge 60cm to his personal best getting over the 14m line for the first time with 14.49m result. This was already the third PB in as many events, he started with first career sub 11-seconds 100m 10.90s, then jumped 7.33m long jump and is now in 12th place with 2534 total points. But his best events are yet to come and he will be rising quickly on the result sheet during the last two events of the first day.

Suárez has set a personal best 2.17m in High Jump this season and has also run a very good 48.30 400m. He also very strong during the second day and will gain a lot during the last two events – his javelin PB is 71.39m and he has run a 4:16.70 1500m best this season. Suárez is competing in his first major championships and has scored 120 points more in the first three events and he did in his personal best series 8451.

Roman Sebrle (CZE) was below his own level in the Shot Put with a 14.78m best and this finally decided that the Czech World record holder is not fighting for the medals here – right now he will have trouble getting over 8000 in the competition.

2003 World champion Tom Pappas (USA) and 2004 Olympic Games silver medallist Dmitriy Karpov (KAZ), both medal candidates before the competition have called it a day and are no longer in the competition.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Group A 21 AUG 2008 13:10

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Aleksandr Pogorelov RUS RUS 16.53 884   15.68 16.25 16.53
2 Bryan Clay USA USA 16.27 868 PB 15.27 15.53 16.27
3 Yordani García CUB CUB 15.82 840 PB 15.82 14.35 14.64
4 Aliaksandr Parkhomenka BLR BLR 15.49 820 SB 15.49 15.45 15.47
5 Alexey Sysoev RUS RUS 15.42 816   15.23 15.42 15.38
6 Romain Barras FRA FRA 15.42 816 PB 15.42   15.12
7 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 15.15 799 SB 15.15 14.60 14.76
8 Maurice Smith JAM JAM 15.09 795   14.06   15.09
9 Jangy Addy LBR LBR 14.91 784 NR 14.91 14.54  
10 Mikalai Shubianok BLR BLR 14.88 782   14.88    
11 Hans van Alphen BEL BEL 14.86 781 SB   14.29 14.86
12 Janis Karlivans LAT LAT 14.85 780   14.72 14.85  
13 Andres Raja EST EST 14.79 777   13.99 14.60 14.79
14 Roman Šebrle CZE CZE 14.78 776   14.70 14.62 14.78
15 Mikk Pahapill EST EST 14.36 750   14.17   14.36
16 Pavel Andreev UZB UZB 14.15 738   14.15 14.02 13.82
17 Massimo Bertocchi CAN CAN 14.10 734   13.90 14.10 13.85
18 Frédéric Xhonneux BEL BEL 13.99 728   13.99 13.94  
  Tom Pappas USA USA DNS 0        
  Dmitriy Karpov KAZ KAZ DNS 0        

Group B 21 AUG 2008 13:10

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Aleksey Drozdov RUS RUS 16.26 867   16.26   15.63
2 Hadi Sepehrzad IRI IRI 16.02 852   15.82 16.02  
3 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 14.49 758 PB 14.49 13.20 13.49
4 Andrei Krauchanka BLR BLR 14.39 752 PB 14.05 14.39 14.12
5 Slaven Dizdarevic SVK SVK 13.97 727   13.01 12.99 13.97
6 Eugene Martineau NED NED 13.78 715 SB 13.78 13.64 13.17
7 Mikko Halvari FIN FIN 13.72 711   13.35 13.42 13.72
8 Michael Schrader GER GER 13.67 708 SB 12.68 13.67  
9 David Gómez ESP ESP 13.58 703   13.28   13.58
10 Arthur Abele GER GER 13.55 701 SB 12.41 13.08 13.55
11 Vitaliy Smirnov UZB UZB 13.51 698   13.51    
12 Trey Hardee USA USA 13.49 697   13.22 13.49  
13 Victor Covalenco MDA MDA 13.44 694   13.05 12.63 13.44
14 Haifeng Qi CHN CHN 13.40 692 SB 13.16 13.40  
15 André Niklaus GER GER 13.23 681   13.11   13.23
16 Gonzalo Barroilhet CHI CHI 13.23 681     13.23  
17 Damjan Sitar SLO SLO 12.41 631   11.42 12.41  
18 Daniel Awde GBR GBR 12.03 608   11.58 11.77 12.03
  Carlos Chinin BRA BRA NM 0        
  Attila Zsivóczky-Pandel HUN HUN DNS 0      

Men's Decathlon - High Jump

Clay still leads, World record out of sight - Decathlon after four events

Bryan Clay (USA) is leading the men’s Decathlon competition with 3656 total points after a difficult High Jump which was jumped in rainy conditions. Clay, who had leapt 2.08m in his personal best series earlier this summer, was left with only a 1.99m clearance in the rain. The American is still in a clear lead of 146p and has no-one challenging him for the gold right now. The World record is now not reachable – Clay would have to gain more than 100pts in the remaining events to get there.

Aleksandr Pogorelov (RUS) jumped well, 2.08m, and raised himself to second place with 3510 with Trey Hardee (USA) now third with 3507 after a 2.05m High Jump. This event was extremely hard for some athletes and many lost a lot of points. Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) jumped well 2.11m and is not fourth with 3490.

Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR) who dropped to fifth place, scored 3484 (1.96m HJ) and Roman Sebrle (CZE) was excellent adding 16cm to his season’s best series with 2.11m High Jump. Cuban Leonel Suárez (CUB), who will rise to fight for the medals lost a lot of points only clearing 2.05m this time. He has a personal best 2.17m earlier this season.

The fight for the medals seems to be between five athletes now – Bryan Clay is still clearly above the others and is going for about 8900 now. Andrey Krauchanka is just 22 points below his 8585 season’s best series and Trey Hardee has 37pts less than his PB series 8534. Behind these both Leonel Suárez and Aleksey Sysoyev (RUS) are aiming to go over 8400. Sysoyev jumped well in the High Jump with 2.11m, but his best events in the Decathlon are still to come.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

High Jump - Friday 21.08
Group A 21.08 19:10 Team Height pts Total Rk. 175 178 181 184 187 190 193 196 199 202 205 208 211 214
1. Mikk Pahapill EST 2.11m 906 3306 2. - - - - - XO O - XO O XXO XO O XXX
2. Aleksey Drozdov RUS 2.02m 822 3414 10. - - - - - - O O XXO O XXX
3. Maurice Smith JAM 1.99m 794 3306 14. - - - - O O O XO XXO XXX
3. Eugene Martineau NED 1.99m 794 3187 15. - - - - O O O XO XXO XXX
5. Michael Schrader GER 1.99m 794 3393 16. - - - O - O XXO XO XXO XXX
6. Slaven Dizdarevic SVK 1.96m 767 3137 20. - - - O O O O XO XXX
7. Romain Barras FRA 1.96m 767 3220 21. - - - - XXO O XXO XO XXX
8. Aliaksandr Parkhomenka BLR 1.93m 740 3168 23. - - - O O O O XXX
8. Mikko Halvari FIN 1.93m 740 3057 24. - O O O O O O XXX
10.Haifeng Qi CHN 1.93m 740 3125 25. - - O - XO XO XO XXX
11.Jangy Addy LBR 1.93m 740 3344 26. - - - O O O XXO XXX
12.Frederic Xhonneux BEL 1.90m 714 3012 29. - O - O O O X-
13.Hadi Sepehrzad IRN 1.90m 714 3211 31. - O O XO XXO XXO XXX
14.Hans van Alphen BEL 1.84m 661 2950 32. - O - O - X-
15.Janis Karlivans LAT 1.84m 661 3099 33. - XO XO XXO XXX
17.David Gomez ESP 1.81m 636 2951 34. XO - XXO X XX
16.Victor Covalenco MDA 1.81m 636 2704 35. O O O XXX
-. Tom Pappas USA DNS      
-. Vitaliy Smirnov UZB DNS      
-. Attila Zsivoczky HUN DNS      
Group B 21.08 19:10 Team Height pts Total Rk. 175 178 181 184 187 190 193 196 199 202 205 208 211 214
1. Roman Sebrle CZE 2.11m 906 3476 1. - - - - - - - O O O XO O O XXX
2. Andrei Krauchanka BLR 2.11m 906 3490 3. - - - - - - - - O O O O XO XXX
3. Alexey Sysoev RUS 2.11m 906 3336 4. - - - - O - O O O XO O XXO XXO -
4. Alexander Pogorelov RUS 2.08m 878 3510 5. - - - - - - - O O O XO XXO XXX
5. Leonel Suarez CUB 2.05m 850 3384 6. - - - - - - - O XO O O XXX
5. Damjan Sitar SLO 2.05m 850 3169 7. - - - - - O - O O XO O XXX
7. Trey Hardee USA 2.05m 850 3507 8. - - - - - O - XXO O XXO O XXX
8. Andre Niklaus GER 2.05m 850 3248 9. - - - - - O - XO O O XXO XXX
9. Bryan Clay USA 1.99m 794 3656 11. - - - - - O - XO O XXX
10.Nikalai Shubianok BLR 1.99m 794 3150 12. - - - O - XO XXO XXO XO XXX
11.Pavel Andreev UZB 1.99m 794 3016 13. - - - - O O O O XXO XXX
11.Carlos Chinin BRA 1.99m 794 2456 17. - - - O - O O - XXO XXX
13.Yordani Garcia CUB 1.96m 767 3379 18. - - - O - O O O XXX
15.Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR 1.96m 767 3484 19. - - - O O XO O XO XXX
14.Andres Raja EST 1.96m 767 3312 22. - - - - O O - XO XXX
16.Gonzalo Barroilhet CHI 1.93m 740 3043 27. - - O - O XO XXO XXX
17.Massimo Bertocchi CAN 1.90m 714 3135 28. - O O O O O XXX
17.Arthur Abele GER 1.90m 714 2989 30. - - - - - O - XXX
19.Daniel Awde GBR 1.78m 610 2907 36. - XO XXX
-. Dmitriy Karpov KAZ DNS      

Men's Decathlon - 400m

Bryan Clay in a clear lead after day oneDecathlon after 5 events

Bryan Clay (USA), led the Olympic Decathlon competition after the first event and is still in the lead following the five events of day one. The American has however lost a lot of potential points in the last two events. His 400m was not smooth and 0.51s slower than the 48.41s clocking in his personal best series this season. Clay ran 48.92 and now has 4521 points after day one and should have a shot at Roman Sebrle’s (CZE) Olympic record 8893 on day two.

The Czech himself had a bit brighter end to day one, but has to do better in the first event of day two, the 110m Hurdles. Most top athletes will run very close or under 14 seconds and Sebrle, who seems to have lost a lot of his speed, has to run much better than 15.15 which he has in his season’s best series. He is going for a score around 8300 at the moment and a good improvement in the hurdles might just bring him back to reaching distance for the medals.

Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) had another great event in the 400m, clocking a season’s best 47.30, just below his 2007 PB 47.17. The Belarussian is now 20 points ahead of his SB series 8585 and has scored 4433 for the second place overall at this stage. Trey Hardee (USA) also ran well finishing his day with 47.75 season’s best and is third with 4428.

Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR) is fifth with 4408 following a 47.70 result in the 400m. Cuban Leonel Suárez bounced back well after a disappointing High Jump setting his fourth personal best of the day in the 400m with first career sub-48 second clocking 47.91. The 20-year-old Cuban is sixth with 4297 after the first day and will be fighting for the silver and bronze medals with Krauchanka and Hardee during the second day.

Aleksandr Pogorelov (RUS) is 7th with 4283 and Michael Schrader (GER) 8th with 4279 and these two will probably be very close to these placings after the completion of decathlon too. Liberian Jangy Addy is in 9th place with 4229 and on his way to a 8000 score and very close to the African record (8023p).

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Heat 1 21 AUG 2008 22:00

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Maurice Smith JAM JAM 47.96 SB 911 0.178
2 Jangy Addy LBR LBR 48.51 SB 885 0.171
3 Bryan Clay USA USA 48.92   865 0.166
4 Carlos Chinin BRA BRA 49.21   851 0.182
5 Alexey Sysoev RUS RUS 50.71   782 0.198
6 Janis Karlivans LAT LAT 51.61   742 0.178
  Frédéric Xhonneux BEL BEL DNF   0  
  Dmitriy Karpov KAZ KAZ DNS   0  
 

Heat 2 21 AUG 2008 22:07

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Haifeng Qi CHN CHN 49.39 SB 843 0.221
2 Roman Šebrle CZE CZE 49.54 SB 836 0.179
3 Damjan Sitar SLO SLO 50.10   810 0.243
4 Mikko Halvari FIN FIN 50.60   787 0.186
5 Mikk Pahapill EST EST 50.90   774 0.166
6 Gonzalo Barroilhet CHI CHI 51.91   729 0.201
  Pavel Andreev UZB UZB DNF   0 0.257
  Vitaliy Smirnov UZB UZB DNS   0  
 

Heat 3 21 AUG 2008 22:14

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Andres Raja EST EST 48.98 SB 862 0.214
2 David Gómez ESP ESP 49.27   849 0.200
3 Romain Barras FRA FRA 49.51 SB 837 0.194
4 André Niklaus GER GER 49.65   831 0.206
5 Eugene Martineau NED NED 49.99   815 0.152
6 Mikalai Shubianok BLR BLR 50.02   814 0.234
  Tom Pappas USA USA DNS   0  
  Hans van Alphen BEL BEL DNS   0  
 

Heat 4 21 AUG 2008 22:21

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Yordani García CUB CUB 49.66 SB 830 0.189
2 Aliaksandr Parkhomenka BLR BLR 50.71 SB 782 0.202
3 Hadi Sepehrzad IRI IRI 50.75   780 0.163
4 Aleksandr Pogorelov RUS RUS 50.91 SB 773 0.186
5 Aleksey Drozdov RUS RUS 51.56   744 0.162
6 Slaven Dizdarevic SVK SVK 52.02   724 0.235
  Victor Covalenco MDA MDA DNF   0 0.209
  Attila Zsivóczky-Pandel HUN HUN DNS   0  
 

Heat 5 21 AUG 2008 22:28

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Daniel Awde GBR GBR 47.16 PB 950 0.201
2 Andrei Krauchanka BLR BLR 47.30 SB 943 0.187
3 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 47.70   924 0.183
4 Trey Hardee USA USA 47.75 PB 921 0.229
5 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 47.91 PB 913 0.150
6 Michael Schrader GER GER 48.47   886 0.242
7 Massimo Bertocchi CAN CAN 48.72   875 0.210
  Arthur Abele GER GER DNS   0

Men's Decathlon - 110 Metres Hurdles

 
Clay extends lead in the hurdles, decathlon after six events

2008 world leading athlete with 8832p at the Olympic Trials, Bryan Clay (USA), completed the first event of second day, 110m hurdles in 13.93s to gain some more points against the other medal contenders. 2004 Olympic Games silver medallist is now leading with 5505 points and still has Olympic record 8893p within reach. Clay has now extended his lead to 124 points and next event, discus, is very good for the American with a 52.74m throw in his personal best series.

22-year-old Belarussian Andrei Krauchanka had another good event clocking 14.21s and will be very close to set a new personal best in this competition, now his best is 8617p from 2007. In the Osaka World Championships his decathlon stopped at the first event, but now 5381 points and second place at this stage gives him a very good shot at a medal. Krauchanka’s competition will be decided in the next event, discus, which is not one of his best events. The Belarussian has a 41.85m result in his SB series and has a personal best 45.49m from this season.

Trey Hardee’s (USA) quest for a medal received a huge knock from the first event of the day. Hardee, a well under 14-seconds hurdler, wasn’t at his best level from the start of the race finally clocking 14.20s and lost a lot of valuable points. In comparison t the 13.71s result in his personal best series Hardee lost 63 points and is now in third place only 4 points behind Krauchanka having scored 5377p. But the American has a point to prove in the next event – he did not do well in his PB series with only a 42.41m discus result there. He has a 52.68m personal best from another decathlon this season and can gain 200p if he reaches this kind of result. Hardee would need this boost if he wants to challenge Krauchanka for the silver medal.

Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR) bettered his personal best in hurdles with 14.37s result and is fourth with 5335 points. The Ukranian will drop in placings in the next three events where he could lose more than 500p against some of the top names. Cuban Leonel Suárez had another good event missing his personal best by only 0.03s with a 14.12s clocking in the hurdles. The 20-year-old is now fifth with 5252p and is fighting for a medal here.

Aleksandr Pogorelov (RUS) hurdled 14.47s and is in 6th place with 5198 and reigning Olympic champion Roman Sebrle (CZE) is in 7th place with 5197p following a 14.71s season’s best in the first event of day two. Yordanis García (CUB) was fastest in the hurdles with a personal best 13.90s and is only one point behind Sebrle with 5196p.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Heat 1 22 AUG 2008 09:00 Wind -0.4

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Yordani García CUB CUB 13.90 PB 987 0.149
2 Hadi Sepehrzad IRI IRI 14.64   894 0.153
3 Roman Šebrle CZE CZE 14.71 SB 885 0.164
4 Aliaksandr Parkhomenka BLR BLR 15.06 SB 842 0.175
5 Aleksey Drozdov RUS RUS 15.51   789 0.150
6 Slaven Dizdarevic SVK SVK 15.61   777 0.201
  Pavel Andreev UZB UZB DNS   0  
  Victor Covalenco MDA MDA DNS   0  
 

Heat 2 22 AUG 2008 09:07 Wind -0.5

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Bryan Clay USA USA 13.93   984 0.157
2 Andres Raja EST EST 14.06   967 0.161
3 Maurice Smith JAM JAM 14.08   964 0.165
4 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 14.15 SB 955 0.146
5 Trey Hardee USA USA 14.20   949 0.167
6 Andrei Krauchanka BLR BLR 14.21   948 0.182
7 Gonzalo Barroilhet CHI CHI 14.26   941 0.172
8 Jangy Addy LBR LBR 14.31   935 0.167
9 Massimo Bertocchi CAN CAN 14.32   934 0.195
 

Heat 3 22 AUG 2008 09:14 Wind -0.2

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Romain Barras FRA FRA 14.21 PB 948 0.172
2 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 14.37 PB 927 0.167
3 André Niklaus GER GER 14.37 SB 927 0.164
4 Aleksandr Pogorelov RUS RUS 14.47   915 0.178
5 Mikk Pahapill EST EST 14.51   910 0.148
6 Mikalai Shubianok BLR BLR 14.52 SB 908 0.189
7 David Gómez ESP ESP 14.61   897 0.190
8 Eugene Martineau NED NED 14.73   882 0.129
  Carlos Chinin BRA BRA DNS   0  
 

Heat 4 22 AUG 2008 09:21 Wind -0.4

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points Reaction Time
1 Haifeng Qi CHN CHN 14.60 SB 899 0.194
2 Daniel Awde GBR GBR 14.69   887 0.144
3 Michael Schrader GER GER 14.71   885 0.197
4 Damjan Sitar SLO SLO 15.03   846 0.163
5 Janis Karlivans LAT LAT 15.28   816 0.164
6 Mikko Halvari FIN FIN 16.25   705 0.178
  Alexey Sysoev RUS RUS DNF   0 0.317
  Frédéric Xhonneux BEL BEL DNS   0

Men's Decathlon - Discus Throw

 
Clay throws almost 55m discus, leads by nearly 300 points, decathlon after seven events

Bryan Clay (USA) continued his quest for the Olympic gold medal with an excellent first round throw of 53.79m in the discus, 7th event of the decathlon. Clay, with the second best discus result in decathlon during career, is now leading the competition with 6455 points and he gets a result in the remaining three events he will win the competition too.

Ukrainian surprise Oleksiy Kasyanov shocked the others with a monster discus result 48.39m, more than eight(!) metres more than his season’s best and added more than two metres to his earlier personal best. Kasyanov is now in second place with 6172 points, 283 points behind leading Clay. But Kasyanov still has a mountain or two to climb if he wants to stay in second place. His pole vault personal best is only 4.40m and javelin PB 55.84m and he could lose 400-500 points against other top names in these two events. However he is a very good 1500m runner with a 4:22.27 personal best this season.

Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) is still the best pick for the silver medal. The Belarussian threw very close to his personal best in the discus with 44.58m result and is in third place with 6139 points at the moment. He is a very good pole vaulter having vaulted 5.30m at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia this season – he got the silver medal in that heptathlon competition. The 90cm difference in personal bests would be 270 points in one event only between Kasyanov and Krauchanka and there is only 33 points separating the two athletes.

Trey Hardee (USA) was left with another disappointing result 43.55m in the discus and has the 4th place at the moment with 6114 points. The American has to do wonders to catch Krauchanka because the Belarussian is better in every one of the three remaining events and is already 25 points ahead after seven events. Maurice Smith (JAM), silver medallist at the Osaka World Championships last summer, had a quiet start but has now gained some points and is in 5th place with 6070 points following a 50.91m discus result. But this will be temporary for the Jamaican who will be going down in the placings in the remaining three events, his pole vault and javelin are not among the best in the field.

Cuban Leonel Suárez is still fighting for the medals with 6008 points in 6th place. Although he is already 131 points behind the bronze medal at the moment, he is a decent pole vaulter and a very good javelin thrower (70m) and one of the best 1500m runners (4:21). If the Cuban does well in the pole vault, he will be fighting for a medal in the last two events. World record holder and reigning Olympic champion Roman Sebrle (CZE) threw 45.50m and has 5974p in 8th place. The Czech will add several hundred points to his season’s best score, but it will not be enough to fight for a medal this time.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Group A 22 AUG 2008 10:05

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Bryan Clay USA USA 53.79 950 SB 53.79   51.86
2 Maurice Smith JAM JAM 50.91 889     48.42 50.91
3 Aleksandr Pogorelov RUS RUS 50.04 871   41.71 47.90 50.04
4 Mikk Pahapill EST EST 49.35 857 PB 48.09 46.82 49.35
5 Mikko Halvari FIN FIN 47.71 823     47.71  
6 Haifeng Qi CHN CHN 46.46 797 SB 45.04 46.46 45.23
7 Mikalai Shubianok BLR BLR 45.80 783 PB 45.36 45.80  
8 Roman Šebrle CZE CZE 45.50 777   45.50 45.25  
9 André Niklaus GER GER 45.39 775     40.80 45.39
10 Aliaksandr Parkhomenka BLR BLR 45.27 772   45.27 43.25  
11 Janis Karlivans LAT LAT 44.54 757   43.21 44.54  
12 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 44.45 756   41.84   44.45
13 Eugene Martineau NED NED 44.09 748     44.09 42.45
14 Jangy Addy LBR LBR 42.30 711 NR 40.04   42.30
  Alexey Sysoev RUS RUS DNS 0        
  Frédéric Xhonneux BEL BEL DNS 0        
  Pavel Andreev UZB UZB DNS 0        

Group B 22 AUG 2008 11:25

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Hadi Sepehrzad IRI IRI 50.32 877   50.32    
2 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 48.39 837 PB 43.31 46.31 48.39
3 Aleksey Drozdov RUS RUS 47.43 817   47.43   47.30
4 Gonzalo Barroilhet CHI CHI 46.07 789 PB 41.03 46.07  
5 Romain Barras FRA FRA 45.17 770 SB 44.02 45.17  
6 Massimo Bertocchi CAN CAN 44.91 765 PB 44.22   44.91
7 Andrei Krauchanka BLR BLR 44.58 758 SB 44.58    
8 Trey Hardee USA USA 43.55 737 SB 42.62 43.55  
9 Michael Schrader GER GER 40.41 673   37.70 38.51 40.41
10 David Gómez ESP ESP 40.17 668 SB 38.81 40.17  
11 Slaven Dizdarevic SVK SVK 39.86 662   39.86 38.65  
12 Andres Raja EST EST 39.83 661   38.20 39.83 39.37
13 Damjan Sitar SLO SLO 39.25 649     37.45 39.25
14 Daniel Awde GBR GBR 37.12 606     34.51 37.12
15 Yordani García CUB CUB 36.73 598       36.73
  Carlos Chinin BRA BRA DNS 0        
  Victor Covalenco MDA MDA DNS 0        

Men's Decathlon - Pole Vault

 
Pole vault pain in decathlon, Clay continues in the lead, decathlon after eight events

Like usual in decathlon, the eighth event, pole vault, proved to be decisive and even pushed some of the top athletes completely out of the picture. World leading Bryan Clay (USA) however was not one of those in trouble. Clay, who will brighten his silver medal from Athens 2004 to a golden one here, cleared 5.00m which was exactly the same result he had in the personal best series this season. The American is still on his way to a score around 8900 points and is leading with 7365 points after eight events.

Andrei Krauchanka is now second as expected, but only cleared 5.00m this time when he would have needed to clear 10 or 20cm more. The Belarussian has scored 7049 points at the moment and is already 316 points behind leading Clay who is also clearly better in the next event, javelin, and will only gain more points there.

The real drama in the pole vault concerned athletes competing for the bronze medal. First it was Leonel Suárez (CUB) in trouble with his opening height of 4.30m, a half metre below his best result this season. The Cuban missed his first two tries and it looked really bad before he finally made on third and then cleared 4.50m and 4.70m on first for a really decent result for him. But for American Trey Hardee it was a different tune. Hardee, who has a personal best 5.25m in a decathlon this season (and 5.30m indoors 2006) was unable to clear his opening height 4.70m and was dropped off the medal contention.

Suárez is now in sixth place with 6827 points, 152 points behind Aleksandr Pogorelov (RUS) who is third with 6979 points after a successful 5.00m pole vault result. But the seemingly big point difference between them isn’t that hard to overcome for the Cuban because of his 1500m running later today. The 201cm tall Russian is naturally not at his best in the middle distance running and has a personal best 4:47.00 from 2004 and season’s best 4:53.94 with young Suárez having run 4:16.70 this season. The difference between these two season bests is well more than 200 points and in addition to that the Cuban is also a 70 metre javelin thrower while Pogorelov has thrown his best 65.57m this season.

Reigning Olympic champion Roman Sebrle cleared 4.80m and is at seventh place now with 6823 points. Behind him Andre Niklaus topped the pole vault competition with a 5.20m clearance and is closing in on the Czech with 6753 total points now. Sebrle has to do well in the javelin, which is a good event for him because Niklaus is a much faster 1500m runner and can gain up to 150 points against him there. As expected Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR) could only clear 4.30m in the pole vault losing hundreds of points against the others and was dropped from second place to fourth with 6874 points now and the Ukrainian will continue going down in the javelin. Maurice Smith (JAM) cleared 4.60m and is in fifth place right behind Kasyanov with 6860 points but he will join the Ukrainian on the way down because his javelin best is only 55.49m from 2007 and 53.54m this season. Kasyanov’s personal best in javelin is 55.84m and most others will throw nearly 65 metres and the best way over 70m.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF
Group A 22.08 Team Height pts Total Rk. 3.80 3.90 4.00 4.10 4.20 4.30 4.40 4.50 4.60 4.70 4.80 4.90 5.10 5.20
1. Aleksey Drozdov RUS 5.10m 941 6705 2 - - - - - - - - - XXO O O O XXX
2. Daniel Awde GBR 4.90m 880 6230 7 - - - - - O - O O O XO XXO    
3. Yordani Garcia CUB 4.70m 819 6613 15 - - - - - - O - XO O XXX      
4. Mikalai Shubianok BLR 4.60m 790 6445 17 - - - O - O O O O XXX        
5. Maurice Smith JAM 4.60m 790 6860 18 - - - - - - XO O O XXX        
6. Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR 4.30m 702 6874 19 - - - XO - O XXX              
6. Haifeng Qi CHN 4.30m 702 6366 19 - - XO - - O - XXX            
8. Jangy Addy LBR 4.20m 673 6548 21 - XO XO O O XXX                
9. Damjan Sitar SLO 4.00m 617 6091 22 - - O - XXX                  
10.Slaven Dizdarevic SVK 4.00m 617 5917 23 XO XXO O XXX                    
11.Hadi Sepehrzad IRN 4.00m 617 6379 24 XO - XO - XXX                  
-.Mikko Halvari FIN NM 0 5372   - - - - - - - XXX            
-.David Gomez ESP NM 0 5365   - - XXX                      
Group B 22.08 Team Height pts Total Rk. 3.90 4.10 4.20 4.30 4.40 4.50 4.60 4.70 4.80 4.90 5.00 5.10 5.20 5.30
1. Andre Niklaus GER 5.20m 972 6753 1 - - - - - - - - O - XXX XXO XO XXX
2. Bryan Clay USA 5.00m 910 7365 3 - - - - - O - O O O O XXX    
2. Andrei Krauchanka BLR 5.00m 910 7049 3 - - - - - - O O O O O XXX    
2. Alexander Pogorelov RUS 5.00m 910 6979 3 - - - - - - - O O - O XXX    
5. Romain Barras FRA 5.00m 910 6685 6 - - - - - - O XXO XO O XXO XXX    
6. Andres Raja EST 4.80m 849 6651 8 - - - - O - O O XXX          
7. Mikk Pahapill EST 4.80m 849 6696 9 - - - - - O - O XO          
7. Roman Sebrle CZE 4.80m 849 6823 9 - - - - O - O - XO XXX        
9. Michael Schrader GER 4.80m 849 6686 11 - - - - - - XO - XXX          
10.Massimo Bertocchi CAN 4.70m 819 6528 12 - - - - - - - O XXX          
10.Eugene Martineau NED 4.70m 819 6451 12 - - - - - - O O XXX          
10.Aliaksandr Parkhomenka BLR 4.70m 819 6383 12 - - - - - O - O XXX          
13.Leonel Suarez CUB 4.70m 819 6827 16 - - - XXO - O - O XXX          
-.Trey Hardee USA NM 0 6114   XXX                          
-.Gonzalo Barroilhet CHI NM 0 5502   - - - - - - - - - -        

Men's Decathlon - Javelin Throw

Clay ensures gold, Suárez storms to top three – decathlon after nine events

Bryan Clay (USA) made sure there was no mistake in the javelin this time by throwing a season’s best 70.97m result for a total 8269 points before the last event, 1500m. 2004 Athens Olympics silver medallist leads the competition by a huge margin of 479 points before Andrei Krauchanka (BLR) who is in second place.

Krauchanka didn’t succeed in the javelin, but still walked away with a decent 60.23m mark giving him a good position to fight for the silver medal in the last event. Russian Aleksandr Pogorelov had a lot of points between him and Leonel Suárez (CUB), who was in sixth place before javelin, but a monster throw 73.98m by the Cuban in comparison to Russian’s 64.01m brought them both to 7777 after nine events. Pogorelov threw well, only a bit more than a metre from his personal best, but Suárez added 2.5 metres to his previous best from 2007.

The medallists are quite clear before the last event – Suárez is easily the best of the three fighting for two medals with a 4:16.70 personal best and will probably grab the silver. Pogorelov is much slower than Krauchanka so the Belarussian will end up with the other medal.

Behind the top four reigning Olympic champion Roman Sebrle reached 63.93m in the javelin and is in fifth place before 1500m with 7620 points. The Czech has to run in the last event too because 4:20 runners Oleksiy Kasyanov (UKR - 10th 7486) and Andre Niklaus (GER – 9th 7494) are on striking distance. Mikk Pahapill (EST) is 6th with 7541p, Romain Barras (FRA) 7th 7504p and Andres Raja (EST) 8th 7497p, but these three will lose points against the faster Kasyanov and Niklaus in the last event.

Mirko Jalava for the IAAF

Group A 22 AUG 2008 19:00

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Yordani García CUB CUB 65.60 822   65.60    
2 Romain Barras FRA FRA 65.40 819 PB 61.44 65.40  
3 Aleksey Drozdov RUS RUS 62.57 777   62.10 62.57 61.50
4 David Gómez ESP ESP 62.22 771 SB 62.22 61.77 61.56
5 Michael Schrader GER GER 60.27 742 PB 58.65 60.27  
6 Daniel Awde GBR GBR 53.18 636   48.76 49.95 53.18
7 Jangy Addy LBR LBR 52.50 626 NR   48.31 52.50
8 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 51.59 612 SB 44.10 51.59 50.97
9 Maurice Smith JAM JAM 51.52 611   49.97 51.52  
10 Hadi Sepehrzad IRI IRI 49.56 582   49.56 48.57 48.58
11 Damjan Sitar SLO SLO 47.23 548 PB 44.89 47.23 44.36
12 Massimo Bertocchi CAN CAN 45.33 520     45.33  
13 Slaven Dizdarevic SVK SVK 43.58 494   43.58 43.44  
  Gonzalo Barroilhet CHI CHI DNS 0        

Group B 22 AUG 2008 20:15

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK Points DETAIL Attempt 1 Attempt 2 Attempt 3
1 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 73.98 950 PB 73.98 71.35 69.58
2 Eugene Martineau NED NED 71.44 911 PB 71.44 64.92  
3 Bryan Clay USA USA 70.97 904 SB 68.71 70.97  
4 Andres Raja EST EST 67.16 846 PB 67.16 58.15  
5 Mikk Pahapill EST EST 67.07 845 PB 64.59 66.02 67.07
6 Aliaksandr Parkhomenka BLR BLR 64.60 807     62.29 64.60
7 Aleksandr Pogorelov RUS RUS 64.01 798   64.01 61.74  
8 Roman Šebrle CZE CZE 63.93 797   58.61 63.93  
9 Haifeng Qi CHN CHN 63.09 784 SB 63.09    
10 Mikalai Shubianok BLR BLR 62.10 769   62.10 59.15 57.86
11 Andrei Krauchanka BLR BLR 60.23 741   59.19 59.71 60.23
12 André Niklaus GER GER 60.21 741   55.88 60.21 58.41
13 Mikko Halvari FIN FIN 55.11 665     51.77 55.11
  Trey Hardee USA USA DNS 0    
 

Heat 1 22 AUG 2008 21:40

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points
1 Michael Schrader GER GER 4:26.77   766
2 David Gómez ESP ESP 4:30.74 PB 740
3 Damjan Sitar SLO SLO 4:37.37   697
4 Eugene Martineau NED NED 4:37.96   693
5 Mikalai Shubianok BLR BLR 4:38.14   692
6 Haifeng Qi CHN CHN 4:39.32   685
7 Massimo Bertocchi CAN CAN 4:42.26 PB 666
8 Daniel Awde GBR GBR 4:44.80   650
9 Aliaksandr Parkhomenka BLR BLR 4:45.17   648
10 Slaven Dizdarevic SVK SVK 4:51.42   610
11 Hadi Sepehrzad IRI IRI 5:06.67   522
12 Jangy Addy LBR LBR 5:12.22   491
13 Mikko Halvari FIN FIN 5:20.26   449
 

Heat 2 22 AUG 2008 21:49

POS ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK   Points
1 Andrei Krauchanka BLR BLR 4:27.47 SB 761
2 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 4:28.94   752
3 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 4:29.17   750
4 Romain Barras FRA FRA 4:29.29   749
5 Maurice Smith JAM JAM 4:31.62 SB 734
6 André Niklaus GER GER 4:32.90   726
7 Aleksey Drozdov RUS RUS 4:41.34   672
8 Mikk Pahapill EST EST 4:47.03   637
9 Andres Raja EST EST 4:49.60   621
10 Roman Šebrle CZE CZE 4:49.63   621
11 Yordani García CUB CUB 5:00.49   557
12 Aleksandr Pogorelov RUS RUS 5:01.56   551
13 Bryan Clay USA USA 5:06.59   522

 

 

 

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