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2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro - Men's Decathlon

 

Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 17, 2016 Format: Top three in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 18, 2016 Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to round one
 Competitors 32from 21 nations  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
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 Ashton Eaton
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      

[Ashton Eaton] came to Rio as the heavy favorite. He was the defending gold medalist and the 2013 and 2015 World Champion, and a two-time world record setter. Barring injury, the gold medal was conceded to him, with Canadian [Damian Warner] expected to win silver. In the end, Eaton won the gold medal he was supposed to win, and Warner won bronze, but Eaton'€™s victory was not that easy, as nobody was counting on France'€™s [Kevin Mayer] to have the meet of his life, with several personal bests.

Warner opened by winning the 100 metres in 10.30, with Eaton second in 10.46, but Eaton moved ahead after the long jump, with a mark of 7.94. The shot put leader was Mayer, who threw 15.76 to move into third, just behind Warner. Eaton won the 400 in 46.07 in what was probably his best event, while German [Kai Kazmirek] moved into second place after day one, with Warner in third place, and Mayer in fourth, despite running a PR 48.28.

Warner, the best decathlon hurdler, won the 110 hurdles to open day two, and move back into second, with Mayer third. Eaton seemed to seal the gold medal when he cleared his second height of 4.90 in the pole vault, but there was some drama, as he cleared only on his third attempt. Mayer set another PR of 5.40 in the vault to move into a solid second, well ahead of Warner, and creeping up on Eaton. When Mayer threw a near PR of 65.04 in round one of the javelin, and Eaton posted only 53.26, Mayer briefly moved into the lead, but Eaton recovered with 59.77 in the third round and led going into the 1,500, but only by 44 points. Mayer needed to outrun Eaton by 6.4 seconds in the 1,500, which was unlikely as Eaton was a superior runner, and it was not to be for the Frenchman, who held on for the silver, with Warner getting bronze.

Earlier in Rio, Eaton'€™s wife, [Brianne Theisen-Eaton] had entered the heptathlete as one of the favorites for gold, and certainly a medal. Had they both won gold, they would have been the first married couple to win individual gold medals at the same Olympics while competing for different countries, but Theisen-Eaton ended up with the bronze medal. Both Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton announced their competitive retirements in early 2017.

Summary by Wikipedia
     

The men's decathlon competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium between 17–18 August.

The medals were presented by Dagmawit Girmay Berhane, IOC member, Ethiopia and Bernard Amsalem, Council Member of the IAAF.

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

Records set during this event
World record  Ashton Eaton (USA) 9045 Beijing, China 29 August 2015
Olympic record  Roman Šebrle (CZE) 8893 Athens, Greece 24 August 2004
2016 World leading  Ashton Eaton (USA) 8750 Eugene, United States 3 July 2016
Olympic record  Ashton Eaton (USA) 8893 (tie) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 18 August 2016
2016 World leading  Ashton Eaton (USA) 8893 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 18 August 2016
Olympic decathlon best - 100 metres  Damian Warner (CAN) 10.30 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 17 August 2016
 
 
        Results          
Decathlon Men     Final 18 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 8893     Ashton Eaton   USA 21 Jan 88   WL SB
2 8834     Kevin Mayer   FRA 10 Feb 92   NR , PB
3 8666     Damian Warner   CAN 4 Nov 89   SB
4 8580     Kai Kazmirek   GER 28 Jan 91   PB
5 8521     Larbi Bouraada   ALG 10 May 88   AR , PB
6 8460     Leonel Suárez   CUB 1 Sep 87   SB
7 8392     Zach Ziemek   USA 23 Feb 93    
8 8332     Thomas Van Der Plaetsen   BEL 24 Dec 90   PB
9 8323     Kurt Felix   GRN 4 Jul 88   PB
10 8315     Luiz Alberto de Araújo   BRA 27 Sep 87   PB
11 8300     Jeremy Taiwo   USA 15 Jan 90    
13 8064     Bastien Auzeil   FRA 22 Oct 89    
14 8024     Cedric Dubler   AUS 13 Jan 95    
15 8013     Arthur Abele   GER 30 Jul 86    
16 7998     Lindon Victor   GRN 28 Feb 93    
17 7982     Pau Tonnesen   ESP 24 Oct 92    
18 7961     Yordanis García   CUB 21 Nov 88    
19 7954     Dominik Distelberger   AUT 16 Mar 90    
20 7952     Keisuke Ushiro   JPN 24 Jul 86    
21 7784     Paweł Wiesiołek   POL 13 Aug 91    
23 7223     Karl Robert Saluri   EST 6 Aug 93    
24 7170     Maicel Uibo   EST 27 Dec 92    
25 6237     Jirí Sýkora   CZE 20 Jan 95    
  DNF     Willem Coertzen   RSA 30 Dec 82    
  DNF     Leonid Andreyev   UZB 6 Oct 83    
  DNF     Rico Freimuth   GER 14 Mar 88    
  DNF     Mihail Dudaš   SRB 1 Nov 89    
  DNF     Oleksiy Kasyanov   UKR 26 Aug 85    
  DNF     Eelco Sintnicolaas   NED 7 Apr 87    
  DNF     Pieter Braun   NED 21 Jan 93    

Overall results

Eaton secured his second Olympic title, with an Olympic record-tying score of 8893.

Key
 The highest mark recorded in each event is highlighted in yellow
Key: OR Olympic record AR Area record NR National record PB Personal best SB Seasonal best DNS Did not start DNF Did not finish
Rank Athlete Nationality Overall points 100 mLJSPHJ400 m110 m HDTPVJT1500 m
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ashton Eaton  United States 8893
=OR
985
10.46
1045
7.94
773
14.73
813
2.01
1005
46.07
1000
13.80
777
45.49
972
5.20
734
59.77
789
4:23.33
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Kévin Mayer  France 8834
NR
903
10.81
960
7.60
836
15.76
840
2.04
896
48.28
972
14.02
804
46.78
1035
5.40
814
65.04
774
4:25.49
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Damian Warner  Canada 8666
SB
1023
10.30
977
7.67
708
13.66
840
2.04
941
47.35
1029
13.58
765
44.93
819
4.70
786
63.19
778
4:24.90
4 Kai Kazmirek  Germany 8580
PB
910
10.78
982
7.69
741
14.20
896
2.10
971
46.75
896
14.62
731
43.25
910
5.00
807
64.60
736
4:31.25
5 Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 8521
AR
917
10.75
940
7.52
715
13.78
896
2.10
910
47.98
955
14.15
713
42.39
790
4.60
836
66.49
849
4:14.60
6 Leonel Suárez  Cuba 8460
SB
814
11.21
847
7.14
745
14.27
868
2.07
902
48.15
913
14.48
810
47.07
880
4.90
925
72.32
756
4:28.32
7 Zach Ziemek  United States 8392 926
10.71
932
7.49
694
13.44
896
2.10
822
49.83
878
14.77
858
49.42
972
5.20
752
60.92
662
4:42.97
8 Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium 8332
PB
808
11.24
975
7.66
657
12.84
953
2.16
832
49.63
848
15.01
738
43.58
1035
5.40
769
62.09
717
4:34.21
9 Kurt Felix  Grenada 8323
PB
876
10.93
915
7.42
776
14.77
868
2.07
855
49.14
875
14.79
769
45.10
760
4.50
888
69.92
741
4:30.53
10 Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil 8315
PB
912
10.77
930
7.48
806
15.26
731
1.92
902
48.14
953
14.17
769
45.10
880
4.90
697
57.28
735
4:31.46
11 Jeremy Taiwo  United States 8300 858
11.01
922
7.45
785
14.92
982
2.19
872
48.78
902
14.57
663
39.91
910
5.00
608
51.29
798
4:21.96
12 Adam Helcelet  Czech Republic 8291
PB
847
11.06
898
7.35
796
15.11
840
2.04
837
49.51
927
14.37
749
44.13
819
4.70
862
68.20
716
4:34.41
13 Bastien Auzeil  France 8064 823
11.17
830
7.07
815
15.41
785
1.98
845
49.34
871
14.82
710
42.23
941
5.10
767
61.91
677
4:40.50
14 Cedric Dubler  Australia 8024 892
10.86
927
7.47
575
11.49
925
2.13
900
48.18
936
14.30
642
38.89
880
4.90
616
51.82
731
4:32.12
15 Arthur Abele  Germany 8013 890
10.87
807
6.97
792
15.03
785
1.98
860
49.02
959
14.12
760
44.66
760
4.50
800
64.13
600
4:53.07
16 Lindon Victor  Grenada 7998 899
10.83
840
7.11
777
14.80
785
1.98
824
49.80
762
15.74
938
53.24
731
4.40
791
63.54
651
4:44.73
17 Pau Tonnesen  Spain 7982 791
11.32
893
7.33
709
13.69
813
2.01
778
50.81
851
14.99
794
46.31
972
5.20
740
60.15
641
4:46.27
18 Yordanis García  Cuba 7961 903
10.81
774
6.83
764
14.58
813
2.01
876
48.69
942
14.25
671
40.34
760
4.50
809
64.70
649
4:44.99
19 Dominik Distelberger  Austria 7954 897
10.84
893
7.33
692
13.40
705
1.89
880
48.61
925
14.39
626
38.09
849
4.80
765
61.83
722
4:33.47
20 Keisuke Ushiro  Japan 7952 795
11.30
774
6.83
737
14.14
785
1.98
795
50.43
839
15.09
868
49.90
880
4.90
838
66.63
641
4:46.33
21 Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland 7784 888
10.88
750
6.73
739
14.17
813
2.01
806
50.18
839
15.09
835
48.32
760
4.50
688
56.68
666
4:42.27
22 Akihiko Nakamura  Japan 7612 852
11.04
845
7.13
606
12.00
731
1.92
865
48.93
902
14.57
562
34.91
819
4.70
607
51.24
823
4:18.37
23 Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia 7223 901
10.82
818
7.02
721
13.88
602
1.77
800
50.32
676
16.51
725
42.96
760
4.50
536
46.42
684
4:39.40
24 Maicel Uibo  Estonia 7170 825
11.16
847
7.14
0
NM
925
2.13
765
51.08
869
14.84
618
37.69
941
5.10
746
60.52
634
4:47.49
25 Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic 6237 827
11.15
814
7.00
695
13.45
785
1.98
820
49.88
847
15.02
756
44.49
0
NM
693
56.99
0
DNF
n/a Mihail Dudaš  Serbia DNF 899
10.83
883
7.29
742
14.23
840
2.04
855
49.13
892
14.65
731
43.27
790
4.60
DNS DNS
n/a Oleksiy Kasyanov  Ukraine DNF 910
10.78
945
7.54
759
14.50
813
2.01
882
48.56
931
14.34
0
NM
DNS DNS DNS
n/a Pieter Braun  Netherlands DNF 854
11.03
947
7.55
722
13.90
758
1.95
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
n/a Rico Freimuth  Germany DNF 922
10.73
854
7.17
684
13.27
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
n/a Willem Coertzen  South Africa DNF 834
11.12
809
6.98
728
14.00
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
n/a Leonid Andreev  Uzbekistan DNF 797
11.29
720
6.60
781
14.86
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
n/a Eelco Sintnicolaas  Netherlands DNF 890
10.87
DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
 17 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: decathlon 100m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The men’s combined events got off to the best possible start in Rio with the Olympic decathlon 100m best being broken.

It wasn’t defending champion Ashton Eaton who bettered the mark, either. The US all-rounder held the previous best at 10.35 set in London four years ago, but Canada’s Damian Warner took 0.05 off that mark when winning the fourth decathlon 100m heat in an Olympic decathlon best of 10.30.

In Gotzis earlier this year, Warner set a world decathlon 100m best of 10.15, so it wasn’t necessarily surprising to see that the world silver medallist finished 0.16 ahead of Eaton here. Nevertheless, the last time Eaton hasn’t led a combined events competition after the first event, indoors or out, was at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin.

Eaton now finds himself in the unusual position of having to make up ground in the second event, the long jump, where his outdoor season’s best is four centimetres shy of Warner’s.

USA’s Zach Ziemek finished third in the fastest decathlon 100m heat, clocking 10.71. But perhaps the most significant performance – in terms of the medal hunt – came from France’s Kevin Mayer. The 2014 European silver medallist clocked a big PB of 10.81 to boost his chances of contesting for a medal. Mayer was the only athlete in the entire round to set a PB.

Arthur Abele, Germany’s top hope of a medal, performed to par with a clocking of 10.87. Compatriot Rico Freimuth, the world bronze medallist, also got off to a solid start, running 10.73.

Algeria’s Larbi Bourrada and Ukraine’s European silver medallist Oleksiy Kasyanov also started well, running season’s bests of 10.75 and 10.78 respectively.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Heat 1 17 AUG 2016 09:30 Wind +0.5

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 2538 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 10.93 SB 876 0.167
2 2781 Pieter Braun NED NED 11.03 SB 854 0.134
3 2386 Maicel Uibo EST EST 11.16 825 0.187
4 2412 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 11.17 823 0.166
5 2289 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 11.21 SB 814 0.165
6 2097 Thomas van der Plaetsen BEL BEL 11.24 808 0.139
7 2662 Keisuke Ushiro JPN JPN 11.30 SB 795 0.168
8 2370 Pau Tonnesen ESP ESP 11.32 SB 791 0.142
 

Heat 2 17 AUG 2016 09:38 Wind -0.4

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 2004 Larbi Bourrada ALG ALG 10.75 SB 917 0.153
2 2135 Luiz Alberto de Araújo BRA BRA 10.77 SB 912 0.166
3 2429 Kevin Mayer FRA FRA 10.81 PB 903 0.163
4 2788 Eelco Sintnicolaas NED NED 10.87 SB 890 0.173
5 3099 Jeremy Taiwo USA USA 11.01 858 0.200
6 2300 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 11.06 847 0.147
7 2895 Willem Coertzen RSA RSA 11.12 834 0.152
8 3109 Leonid Andreev UZB UZB 11.29 797 0.159
 

Heat 3 17 AUG 2016 09:46 Wind -0.8

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 2495 Rico Freimuth GER GER 10.73 922 0.160
2 3028 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 10.78 SB 910 0.134
3 2936 Mihail Dudaš SRB SRB 10.83 899 0.142
4 2036 Cedric Dubler AUS AUS 10.86 892 0.149
5 2488 Arthur Abele GER GER 10.87 890 0.136
6 2856 Paweł Wiesiołek POL POL 10.88 888 0.116
7 2651 Akihiko Nakamura JPN JPN 11.04 852 0.127
8 2308 Jirí Sýkora CZE CZE 11.15 827 0.148
 

Heat 4 17 AUG 2016 09:54 Wind -0.1

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 2210 Damian Warner CAN CAN 10.30 ODB 1023 0.138
2 3065 Ashton Eaton USA USA 10.46 985 0.147
3 3106 Zachery Ziemek USA USA 10.71 926 0.136
4 2505 Kai Kazmirek GER GER 10.78 910 0.128
5 2272 Yordani García CUB CUB 10.81 903 0.150
6 2385 Karl-Robert Saluri EST EST 10.82 901 0.141
7 2541 Lindon Victor GRN GRN 10.83 899 0.151
8 2057 Dominik Distelberger AUT AUT 10.84 897 0.159

100 metres

The 100 metres was held on 17 August at 09:30.

RankHeatAthleteNationalityResultPointsNotes
1 4 Damian Warner  Canada 10.30 1023 ODB
2 4 Ashton Eaton  United States 10.46 985  
3 4 Zach Ziemek  United States 10.71 926  
4 3 Rico Freimuth  Germany 10.73 922  
5 2 Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 10.75 917 SB
6 2 Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil 10.77 912 SB
7 3 Oleksiy Kasyanov  Ukraine 10.78 910 SB
7 4 Kai Kazmirek  Germany 10.78 910  
9 4 Yordanis García  Cuba 10.81 903  
9 2 Kévin Mayer  France 10.81 903 PB
11 3 Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia 10.82 901  
12 3 Mihail Dudaš  Serbia 10.83 899  
12 4 Lindon Victor  Grenada 10.83 899  
14 4 Dominik Distelberger  Austria 10.84 897  
15 3 Cedric Dubler  Australia 10.86 892  
16 3 Arthur Abele  Germany 10.87 890  
16 2 Eelco Sintnicolaas  Netherlands 10.87 890 SB
18 3 Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland 10.88 888  
19 1 Kurt Felix  Grenada 10.93 876 SB
20 2 Jeremy Taiwo  United States 11.01 858  
21 1 Pieter Braun  Netherlands 11.03 854 SB
22 3 Akihiko Nakamura  Japan 11.04 852  
23 2 Adam Helcelet  Czech Republic 11.06 847  
24 2 Willem Coertzen  South Africa 11.12 834  
25 3 Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic 11.15 827  
26 1 Maicel Uibo  Estonia 11.16 825  
27 1 Bastien Auzeil  France 11.17 823  
28 1 Leonel Suárez  Cuba 11.21 814 SB
29 1 Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium 11.24 808  
30 2 Leonid Andreev  Uzbekistan 11.29 797  
31 1 Keisuke Ushiro  Japan 11.30 795 SB
32 1 Pau Tonnesen  Spain 11.32 791 SB
 17 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: decathlon long jump – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

It’s not often that Ashton Eaton is put under pressure. If anyone was wondering how he copes in such situations, the US decathlete gave an emphatic answer in the long jump: with relative ease.

He opened with 7.90m and then went even farther with his next attempt, leaping 7.94m. Officials scrutinised the plasticine before raising the white flag to signal a valid jump.

With Damian Warner leaping 7.67m, it meant that Eaton assumed the overall lead with 2030, 30 points ahead of his Canadian rival.

Germany’s Kai Kazmirek produced the second-best jump of the day with a PB of 7.69m, boosting his chances of challenging for a medal.

France’s Kevin Mayer followed up his 100m PB with a season’s best of 7.60m in the long jump and is on pace to produce the best score of his life.

Athur Abele’s medal ambitions suffered a big blow, though. The German recorded fouls with his opening two jumps and then landed at just 6.97m – 60 centimetres shy of the PB he set earlier this year – with his last attempt.

European champion Thomas van der Plaetsen jumped a season’s best of 7.66m to move up from 29th to 13th in the overall standings. The Belgian can be expected to move up the leaderboard on day two.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Group A 17 AUG 2016 10:35

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKWindPoints
1 3065 Ashton Eaton USA USA 7.94 +1.7 1045
2 2097 Thomas van der Plaetsen BEL BEL 7.66 SB +0.7 975
3 2429 Kevin Mayer FRA FRA 7.60 SB +0.1 960
4 2781 Pieter Braun NED NED 7.55 PB +0.4 947
5 2004 Larbi Bourrada ALG ALG 7.52 SB +0.4 940
6 3106 Zachery Ziemek USA USA 7.49 +0.2 932
7 2135 Luiz Alberto de Araújo BRA BRA 7.48 PB -0.2 930
8 2036 Cedric Dubler AUS AUS 7.47 0.0 927
9 2300 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 7.35 0.0 898
10 2370 Pau Tonnesen ESP ESP 7.33 -0.7 893
11 2057 Dominik Distelberger AUT AUT 7.33 +0.1 893
12 2495 Rico Freimuth GER GER 7.17 SB 0.0 854
13 2386 Maicel Uibo EST EST 7.14 -0.4 847
14 2651 Akihiko Nakamura JPN JPN 7.13 +0.4 845
15 2541 Lindon Victor GRN GRN 7.11 0.0 840
16 2272 Yordani García CUB CUB 6.83 SB -0.2 774
 

Group B 17 AUG 2016 10:35

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKWindPoints
1 2505 Kai Kazmirek GER GER 7.69 PB -1.0 982
2 2210 Damian Warner CAN CAN 7.67 +0.5 977
3 3028 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 7.54 -0.1 945
4 3099 Jeremy Taiwo USA USA 7.45 +0.2 922
5 2538 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 7.42 -0.6 915
6 2936 Mihail Dudaš SRB SRB 7.29 0.0 883
7 2289 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 7.14 +0.1 847
8 2412 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 7.07 -0.4 830
9 2385 Karl-Robert Saluri EST EST 7.02 -0.4 818
10 2308 Jirí Sýkora CZE CZE 7.00 +0.2 814
11 2895 Willem Coertzen RSA RSA 6.98 +0.1 809
12 2488 Arthur Abele GER GER 6.97 -0.1 807
13 2662 Keisuke Ushiro JPN JPN 6.83 +0.3 774
14 2856 Paweł Wiesiołek POL POL 6.73 +0.7 750
15 3109 Leonid Andreev UZB UZB 6.60 -0.2 720
  2788 Eelco Sintnicolaas NED NED DNS   0

Long jump

The long jump was held on 17 August at 10:35.

RankGroupAthleteNationality#1#2#3ResultPointsNotesOverall
points
Overall
rank
1 A Ashton Eaton  United States 7.90 7.94 7.64 7.94 1045   2030 1
2 B Kai Kazmirek  Germany 7.38 7.69 x 7.69 982 PB 1892 3
3 B Damian Warner  Canada 7.60 x 7.67 7.67 977   2000 2
4 A Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium 7.66 7.58 5.71 7.66 975 SB 1783 13
5 A Kévin Mayer  France 7.42 7.33 7.60 7.60 960 SB 1863 4
6 A Pieter Braun  Netherlands 7.42 x 7.55 7.55 947 PB 1801 10
7 B Oleksiy Kasyanov  Ukraine 7.54 x x 7.54 945   1855 7
8 A Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 7.30 7.52 7.45 7.52 940 SB 1857 6
9 A Zach Ziemek  United States 7.30 7.37 7.49 7.49 932   1858 5
10 A Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil 7.48 x 7.41 7.48 930 PB 1842 8
11 A Cedric Dubler  Australia 7.18 x 7.47 7.47 927   1819 9
12 B Jeremy Taiwo  United States 7.30 7.45 x 7.45 922   1780 15
13 B Kurt Felix  Grenada x 7.42 x 7.42 915   1791 11
14 A Adam Helcelet  Czech Republic 7.14 7.08 7.35 7.35 898   1745 17
15 A Pau Tonnesen  Spain 7.33 x 7.31 7.33 893   1684 22
15 A Dominik Distelberger  Austria 6.89 7.33 x 7.33 893   1790 12
17 B Mihail Dudaš  Serbia x x 7.29 7.29 883   1782 14
18 A Rico Freimuth  Germany x x 7.17 7.17 854 SB 1776 16
19 A Maicel Uibo  Estonia x 7.14 7.13 7.14 847   1672 24
19 B Leonel Suárez  Cuba x 7.09 7.14 7.14 847   1661 25
21 A Akihiko Nakamura  Japan 7.00 x 7.13 7.13 845   1697 21
22 A Lindon Victor  Grenada 7.11 6.90 6.84 7.11 840   1739 18
23 B Bastien Auzeil  France x 6.91 7.07 7.07 830   1653 26
24 B Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia 6.94 7.02 x 7.02 818   1719 19
25 B Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic x x 7.00 7.00 814   1641 28
26 B Willem Coertzen  South Africa 6.98 6.93 x 6.98 809   1643 27
27 B Arthur Abele  Germany x x 6.97 6.97 807   1697 20
28 B Keisuke Ushiro  Japan 6.68 6.83 6.60 6.83 774   1569 30
28 A Yordanis García  Cuba 6.51 x 6.83 6.83 774 SB 1677 23
30 B Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland 6.73 x x 6.73 750   1638 29
31 B Leonid Andreev  Uzbekistan 6.57 6.60 6.60 720   1517 31

Note: Eelco Sintnicolaas of the Netherlands did not compete.

17 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: decathlon shot put – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Ashton Eaton produced his best ever shot put mark at an outdoor global championships to extend his lead in the decathlon.

He opened with 14.72m and then improved to 14.73m with his second throw, bringing his overall tally to 2803. He is 95 points ahead of Canada’s world silver medallist Damian Warner, who was some way below his best in the shot put and managed just 13.66m.

France’s Kevin Mayer continued to produce the series of his life, sending his shout out to an outdoor PB of 15.76m, the best mark of the day. He now moves up to third overall, just nine points shy of Warner.

The biggest cheers of the contest came for Brazil’s Luiz Alberto de Araujo. His throw of 15.26m was one of the best marks of the day and moved him from eighth to fourth on the leaderboard. It is unlikely he will challenge for medals, though.

German duo Kai Kazmirek and Arthur Abele will be in the medal hunt, however. Kazmirek managed 14.20m, while Abele threw 15.03m after recording two fouls. Kazmirek is currently in fifth and has the potential to move up a place or two. Abele, meanwhile, is down in 15th but will be strong on the second day and is by no means out of the medal race just yet.

France’s Bastien Auzeil and Adam Sebastian Helcelet of the Czech Republic were the only other men to throw beyond 15 metres, putting 15.41m and 15.11m respectively. African record-holder Larbi Bourrada of Algeria is currently seventh after throwing 13.78m in the shot, but looks poised to challenge for the bronze medal.

Although it is still in the early stages, there already appears to be three likely medallists emerging. The positions may change during the course of the competition, but the current top three – Eaton, Warner and Mayer – could well be the men on the podium at the end of the two days.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Group A 17 AUG 2016 12:15

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2412 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 15.41 SB 815
2 2300 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 15.11 796
3 3099 Jeremy Taiwo USA USA 14.92 SB 785
4 3109 Leonid Andreev UZB UZB 14.86 781
5 2541 Lindon Victor GRN GRN 14.80 777
6 3065 Ashton Eaton USA USA 14.73 773
7 2272 Yordani García CUB CUB 14.58 SB 764
8 2936 Mihail Dudaš SRB SRB 14.23 742
9 2505 Kai Kazmirek GER GER 14.20 741
10 2856 Paweł Wiesiołek POL POL 14.17 SB 739
11 2895 Willem Coertzen RSA RSA 14.00 SB 728
12 2781 Pieter Braun NED NED 13.90 722
13 2495 Rico Freimuth GER GER 13.27 684
14 2097 Thomas van der Plaetsen BEL BEL 12.84 657
15 2651 Akihiko Nakamura JPN JPN 12.00 606
  2386 Maicel Uibo EST EST NM 0
 

Group B 17 AUG 2016 12:15

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2429 Kevin Mayer FRA FRA 15.76 836
2 2135 Luiz Alberto de Araújo BRA BRA 15.26 SB 806
3 2488 Arthur Abele GER GER 15.03 792
4 2538 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 14.77 776
5 3028 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 14.50 759
6 2289 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 14.27 SB 745
7 2662 Keisuke Ushiro JPN JPN 14.14 737
8 2385 Karl-Robert Saluri EST EST 13.88 721
9 2004 Larbi Bourrada ALG ALG 13.78 SB 715
10 2370 Pau Tonnesen ESP ESP 13.69 709
11 2210 Damian Warner CAN CAN 13.66 708
12 2308 Jirí Sýkora CZE CZE 13.45 695
13 3106 Zachery Ziemek USA USA 13.44 694
14 2057 Dominik Distelberger AUT AUT 13.40 692
15 2036 Cedric Dubler AUS AUS 11.49 575
  2788 Eelco Sintnicolaas NED NED DNS 0
 

Shot put

The shot put was held on 17 August at 12:15.

RankGroupAthleteNationality#1#2#3ResultPointsNotesOverall
points
Overall
rank
1 A Kévin Mayer  France 15.76 x 15.76 836   2699 3
2 B Bastien Auzeil  France 15.41 x x 15.41 815 SB 2468 17
3 A Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil 14.45 14.63 15.26 15.26 806 SB 2648 4
4 A Adam Helcelet  Czech Republic 15.11 14.65 15.03 15.11 796   2541 11
5 B Arthur Abele  Germany x 15.03 x 15.03 792   2489 15
6 B Jeremy Taiwo  United States 14.92 14.33 x 14.92 785 SB 2565 9
7 B Leonid Andreev  Uzbekistan 14.86 14.33 x 14.86 781   2298 30
8 A Lindon Victor  Grenada x x 14.80 14.80 777   2516 14
9 B Kurt Felix  Grenada 14.13 14.77 14.55 14.77 776   2567 8
10 A Ashton Eaton  United States 14.72 14.73 14.58 14.73 773   2803 1
11 A Yordanis García  Cuba 14.58 14.37 14.39 14.58 764 SB 2441 19
12 B Oleksiy Kasyanov  Ukraine x 14.50 x 14.50 759   2614 6
13 B Leonel Suárez  Cuba 13.77 14.27 14.11 14.27 745 SB 2406 22
14 B Mihail Dudaš  Serbia 13.96 14.23 x 14.23 742   2524 12
15 B Kai Kazmirek  Germany 14.15 14.20 13.87 14.20 741   2633 5
16 B Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland 13.38 x 14.17 14.17 739 SB 2377 25
17 B Keisuke Ushiro  Japan 13.91 14.14 14.03 14.14 737   2306 28
18 B Willem Coertzen  South Africa 14.00 x x 14.00 728 SB 2371 26
19 A Pieter Braun  Netherlands 13.77 13.90 x 13.90 722   2523 13
20 B Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia 13.88 13.74 13.55 13.88 721   2440 20
21 A Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 13.47 12.74 13.78 13.78 715 SB 2572 7
22 A Pau Tonnesen  Spain x 13.69 x 13.69 709   2393 24
23 B Damian Warner  Canada 13.53 12.62 13.66 13.66 708   2708 2
24 B Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic 13.04 13.45 x 13.45 695   2336 27
25 A Zach Ziemek  United States 12.96 13.44 13.32 13.44 694   2552 10
26 A Dominik Distelberger  Austria 13.15 13.23 13.40 13.40 692   2482 16
27 A Rico Freimuth  Germany 12.75 13.25 13.27 13.27 684   2460 18
28 A Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium 12.84 x 12.56 12.84 657   2440 21
29 A Akihiko Nakamura  Japan 12.00 11.36 11.92 12.00 606   2303 29
30 A Cedric Dubler  Australia 11.49 11.38 11.43 11.49 575   2394 23
A Maicel Uibo  Estonia x x x NM 0   1672 31
 
17 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: decathlon high jump – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Thirteen men produced better marks than him in the high jump, but defending champion Ashton Eaton managed to hold on to his overall lead in the decathlon.

Drawn in the same pool as Damian Warner and Kevin Mayer, the leading trio opened with first-time clearances at 1.92m. Warner and Mayer maintained their clean cards up to and including 2.01m, while Eaton needed all three attempts to go over that height, sailing well clear on his last try to stay on course for the Olympic decathlon record.

Eaton wasn’t able to go any higher, while Mayer and Warner both got over 2.04m, reducing Eaton’s lead to just 68 points. All three men set season’s bests, and it looks as though the battle between Warner and Mayer will go right to the wire.

USA’s Jeremy Taiwo shot right up the leaderboard, going from ninth to third after clearing 2.19m, the best leap of the day. Thomas van der Plaetsen jumped a season’s best of 2.16m to move up 11 places in the overall standings.

Despite recording three no-throws in the shot put, Estonia’s Maicel Uibo continued his decathlon and cleared 2.13m, the same height as Australia’s Cedric Dubler.

Germany’s Kai Kazmirek consolidated his fifth-place position by jumping 2.10m. Algeria’s Larbi Bourrada cleared the same height to top group B, equalling the PB he set seven years ago.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Group A 17 AUG 2016 17:45

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 3099 Jeremy Taiwo USA USA 2.19 982
2 2097 Thomas van der Plaetsen BEL BEL 2.16 SB 953
3 2036 Cedric Dubler AUS AUS 2.13 925
4 2386 Maicel Uibo EST EST 2.13 SB 925
5 2505 Kai Kazmirek GER GER 2.10 SB 896
5 3106 Zachery Ziemek USA USA 2.10 PB 896
7 2538 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 2.07 868
8 2289 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 2.07 SB 868
9 2936 Mihail Dudaš SRB SRB 2.04 SB 840
10 2300 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 2.04 840
11 2856 Paweł Wiesiołek POL POL 2.01 813
12 2370 Pau Tonnesen ESP ESP 2.01 813
13 2412 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 1.98 785
14 2781 Pieter Braun NED NED 1.95 758
  3109 Leonid Andreev UZB UZB DNS 0
 

Group B 17 AUG 2016 17:45

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2004 Larbi Bourrada ALG ALG 2.10 PB 896
2 2210 Damian Warner CAN CAN 2.04 SB 840
3 2429 Kevin Mayer FRA FRA 2.04 SB 840
4 2272 Yordani García CUB CUB 2.01 SB 813
4 3028 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 2.01 813
6 3065 Ashton Eaton USA USA 2.01 SB 813
7 2541 Lindon Victor GRN GRN 1.98 785
8 2308 Jirí Sýkora CZE CZE 1.98 785
9 2662 Keisuke Ushiro JPN JPN 1.98 785
10 2488 Arthur Abele GER GER 1.98 SB 785
11 2135 Luiz Alberto de Araújo BRA BRA 1.92 731
12 2651 Akihiko Nakamura JPN JPN 1.92 731
13 2057 Dominik Distelberger AUT AUT 1.89 705
14 2385 Karl-Robert Saluri EST EST 1.77 602
  2895 Willem Coertzen RSA RSA DNS 0
  2495 Rico Freimuth GER GER DNS 0
  2788 Eelco Sintnicolaas NED NED DNS 0

High jump

The high jump was held on 17 August at 17:45.

RkGroupAthleteNationality1.771.801.831.861.891.921.951.982.012.042.072.102.132.162.192.22ResultPointsNotesOverall
points
Overall
rank
1 A Jeremy Taiwo  United States                   o o o xo o xxo xxx 2.19 982   3547 3
2 A Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium                 o o o o xo xxx   2.16 953 SB 3393 10
3 A Cedric Dubler  Australia                   o o xxo o xxx     2.13 925   3319 14
3 A Maicel Uibo  Estonia                 o o xxo xxx   2.13 925 SB 2597 28
5 A Kai Kazmirek  Germany             o o o o o xxx       2.10 896 SB 3529 5
5 A Zach Ziemek  United States               o o o o o xxx       2.10 896 PB 3448 7
5 B Larbi Bourrada  Algeria         o o o o o xxo o xo xxr       2.10 896 PB 3468 6
8 A Kurt Felix  Grenada             o xo xo o xxx         2.07 868   3435 8
8 A Leonel Suárez  Cuba           o xo o o xxo xxx         2.07 868 SB 3274 18
10 B Damian Warner  Canada           o o o o xo xxx           2.04 840 SB 3548 2
10 A Mihail Dudaš  Serbia         o xo o xxo xo xxx           2.04 840 SB 3364 13
10 B Kévin Mayer  France           o o o xxo r           2.04 840 SB 3539 4
10 A Adam Helcelet  Czech Republic         o o o o xo xxo xxx           2.04 840   3381 11
14 A Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland         o o o o o xxx             2.01 813   3190 22
14 B Yordanis García  Cuba       o o o o xo o xxx             2.01 813 SB 3254 19
14 B Oleksiy Kasyanov  Ukraine         o o o xo o xxx             2.01 813   3427 9
14 A Pau Tonnesen  Spain             o xo xo xxx             2.01 813   3206 21
14 B Ashton Eaton  United States           o o xo xxo xxx             2.01 813 SB 3616 1
19 B Lindon Victor  Grenada         o o o o xxx               1.98 785   3301 15
19 A Bastien Auzeil  France           o xo xxx               1.98 785   3253 20
19 B Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic       o o xo o xo xxx               1.98 785   3121 24
19 B Keisuke Ushiro  Japan       o o xo xxo xo xxx               1.98 785   3091 25
19 B Arthur Abele  Germany       o xo o o xxo xxx               1.98 785 SB 3274 17
24 A Pieter Braun  Netherlands         o o o xxr                 1.95 758   3281 16
25 B Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil     o o o xxx                   1.92 731   3379 12
25 B Akihiko Nakamura  Japan       o o xxo xxx                   1.92 731   3034 27
27 B Dominik Distelberger  Austria     o o o xxx                     1.89 705   3187 23
28 B Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia o xxx                             1.77 602   3042 26

Note: Leonid Andreev of Uzbekistan, Rico Freimuth of Germany, and Willem Coertzen of South Africa did not compete.

 
 17 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: decathlon 400m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Ashton Eaton ends day one of the decathlon with a 121-point lead after producing the fastest time of the day in the 400m.

On a hot and sticky evening in Rio’s Olympic Stadium, Eaton dashed around a lap of the track to cross the line comfortably ahead of Germany’s Kai Kazmirek. Eaton’s time of 46.07 in the third heat was almost a second faster than his time from the 2012 Olympics and brought his day-one score to 4621.

Kazmirek equalled his PB from five years ago, clocking 46.75 to move from fifth to second overall with 4500. Canada’s Damian Warner clocked a solid 47.35 to remain in medal contention, bringing his half-way score to 4489.

But Kevin Mayer was once again one of few men to set a PB; the Frenchman clocked 48.28 to take 0.38 from his previous best set in 2011. He placed third in the second 400m heat behind Brazil’s Luiz Alberto de Araujo and Cuba’s Leonel Suarez, who duelled the whole way around. Much to the delight of the home crowd, De Araujo crossed the line first, clocking a PB of 48.14 to finish 0.01 ahead of Suarez.

Larbi Bourrada convincingly won the first 400m heat in 47.98, crossing the line about 10 metres in front of Adam Sebastian Helcelet of the Czech Republic and Belgium’s Thomas van der Plaetsen. The latter pair clocked season’s bests of 49.51 and 49.63 respectively.

Looking ahead to the second day, Eaton can be expected to double his current leading margin in his quest for a second Olympic title. If Mayer continues to exceed expectations, as he has today, he will not only smash his decathlon PB, but he also has a realistic shot of taking the silver medal.

Warner is still more than capable of securing the silver, though, and he can be expected to bank valuable points in the first event of tomorrow, the 110m hurdles.

Behind Warner and Mayer, the likes of Kazmirek, Bourrada and Abele won’t be far from the medals if they have a good day tomorrow.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Heat 1 17 AUG 2016 21:20

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 2004 Larbi Bourrada ALG ALG 47.98 910 0.153
2 2300 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 49.51 SB 837 0.146
3 2097 Thomas van der Plaetsen BEL BEL 49.63 SB 832 0.164
4 2662 Keisuke Ushiro JPN JPN 50.43 795 0.163
5 2370 Pau Tonnesen ESP ESP 50.81 778 0.146
6 2386 Maicel Uibo EST EST 51.08 765 0.193
  2495 Rico Freimuth GER GER DNS 0  
  2788 Eelco Sintnicolaas NED NED DNS 0  
 

Heat 2 17 AUG 2016 21:28

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 2135 Luiz Alberto de Araújo BRA BRA 48.14 PB 902 0.156
2 2289 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 48.15 SB 902 0.155
3 2429 Kevin Mayer FRA FRA 48.28 PB 896 0.148
4 2538 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 49.14 SB 855 0.172
5 2412 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 49.34 SB 845 0.180
6 2856 Paweł Wiesiołek POL POL 50.18 806 0.160
  3109 Leonid Andreev UZB UZB DNS 0  
  2895 Willem Coertzen RSA RSA DNS 0  
 

Heat 3 17 AUG 2016 21:36

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 3028 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 48.56 SB 882 0.162
2 2272 Yordani García CUB CUB 48.69 SB 876 0.151
3 3099 Jeremy Taiwo USA USA 48.78 872 0.189
4 2488 Arthur Abele GER GER 49.02 SB 860 0.127
5 2936 Mihail Dudaš SRB SRB 49.13 855 0.144
6 3106 Zachery Ziemek USA USA 49.83 822 0.130
7 2308 Jirí Sýkora CZE CZE 49.88 820 0.155
  2781 Pieter Braun NED NED DNS 0  
 

Heat 4 17 AUG 2016 21:44

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 3065 Ashton Eaton USA USA 46.07 1005 0.162
2 2505 Kai Kazmirek GER GER 46.75 PB 971 0.157
3 2210 Damian Warner CAN CAN 47.35 941 0.143
4 2036 Cedric Dubler AUS AUS 48.18 PB 900 0.141
5 2057 Dominik Distelberger AUT AUT 48.61 880 0.148
6 2651 Akihiko Nakamura JPN JPN 48.93 865 0.145
7 2541 Lindon Victor GRN GRN 49.80 824 0.148
8 2385 Karl-Robert Saluri EST EST 50.32 800 0.142

400 metres

The 400 metres was held on 17 August at 21:30

RankHeatAthleteNationalityResultPointsNotesOverall
points
Overall
rank
1 4 Ashton Eaton  United States 46.07 1005   4621 1
2 4 Kai Kazmirek  Germany 46.75 971 PB 4500 2
3 4 Damian Warner  Canada 47.35 941   4489 3
4 1 Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 47.98 910   4378 6
5 2 Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil 48.14 902 PB 4281 9
6 2 Leonel Suárez  Cuba 48.15 902 SB 4176 15
7 4 Cedric Dubler  Australia 48.18 900 PB 4219 12
8 2 Kévin Mayer  France 48.28 896 PB 4435 4
9 3 Oleksiy Kasyanov  Ukraine 48.56 882 SB 4309 7
10 4 Dominik Distelberger  Austria 48.61 880   4067 20
11 3 Yordanis García  Cuba 48.69 876 SB 4130 17
12 3 Jeremy Taiwo  United States 48.78 872   4419 5
13 4 Akihiko Nakamura  Japan 48.93 865   3899 24
14 3 Arthur Abele  Germany 49.02 860 SB 4134 16
15 3 Mihail Dudaš  Serbia 49.13 855   4219 13
16 2 Kurt Felix  Grenada 49.14 855 SB 4290 8
17 2 Bastien Auzeil  France 49.34 845 SB 4098 19
18 1 Adam Helcelet  Czech Republic 49.51 837 SB 4218 14
19 1 Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium 49.63 832 SB 4225 11
20 4 Lindon Victor  Grenada 49.80 824   4125 18
21 3 Zach Ziemek  United States 49.83 822   4270 10
22 3 Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic 49.88 820   3941 23
23 2 Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland 50.18 806   3996 21
24 4 Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia 50.32 800   3842 26
25 1 Keisuke Ushiro  Japan 50.43 795   3886 25
26 1 Pau Tonnesen  Spain 50.81 778   3984 22
27 1 Maicel Uibo  Estonia 51.08 765   3362 27

Note: Pieter Braun of the Netherlands did not compete.

 
 18 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: decathlon 110m hurdles – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Less than 12 hours since contesting their last event of day one, the decathletes – some, understandably, looking a bit lethargic – were back on track for the 110m hurdles to kick off day two.

Most of the leading contenders were in the fourth and final heat, which went to form. Canada’s Damian Warner was 0.14 shy of his own world decathlon best, but still won comfortably with 13.58 to move up from third to second in the overall standings.

Overnight leader and defending champion Ashton Eaton of the USA clocked 13.80, his slowest time for five years but still good enough to keep him on track for the Olympic record.

But once again, as he had done throughout the first day, Kevin Mayer exceeded expectations by clocking 14.02, his best ever performance within a decathlon and just 0.01 behind his lifetime best. It moved him up one place from fourth to third with some of his best events still to come.

Germany’s Kai Kazmirek, who was in second place overnight, dropped from second to fourth place overall after clocking 14.62.

Larbi Bourrada was the only athlete to set a PB, the Algerian clocking 14.15 to move up one place on the leaderboard to fifth.

Other notable performances came from Arthur Abele, who clocked 14.12, and Cuba’s Leonel Suarez, who ran 14.48. They are currently in 14th and 15th respectively, but are strong javelin throwers and can be expected to move into the top eight by the end of the competition.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Heat 1 18 AUG 2016 09:30 Wind +0.4

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 2004 Larbi Bourrada ALG ALG 14.15 PB 955 0.146
2 3106 Zachery Ziemek USA USA 14.77 878 0.158
3 2538 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 14.79 SB 875 0.189
4 2662 Keisuke Ushiro JPN JPN 15.09 839 0.175
5 2541 Lindon Victor GRN GRN 15.74 762 0.164
6 2385 Karl-Robert Saluri EST EST 16.51 676 0.167
 

Heat 2 18 AUG 2016 09:38 Wind +0.1

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 2135 Luiz Alberto de Araújo BRA BRA 14.17 SB 953 0.140
2 2300 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 14.37 SB 927 0.125
3 2057 Dominik Distelberger AUT AUT 14.39 SB 925 0.186
4 2289 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 14.48 SB 913 0.149
5 2936 Mihail Dudaš SRB SRB 14.65 892 0.158
6 2386 Maicel Uibo EST EST 14.84 869 0.154
7 2856 Paweł Wiesiołek POL POL 15.09 839 0.155
 

Heat 3 18 AUG 2016 09:46 Wind +0.7

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 2272 Yordani García CUB CUB 14.25 SB 942 0.135
2 2036 Cedric Dubler AUS AUS 14.30 936 0.143
3 3099 Jeremy Taiwo USA USA 14.57 902 0.189
4 2412 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 14.82 871 0.156
5 2370 Pau Tonnesen ESP ESP 14.99 851 0.152
6 2097 Thomas van der Plaetsen BEL BEL 15.01 848 0.153
7 2308 Jirí Sýkora CZE CZE 15.02 847 0.145
 

Heat 4 18 AUG 2016 09:54 Wind +0.7

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPointsReaction Time
1 2210 Damian Warner CAN CAN 13.58 1029 0.137
2 3065 Ashton Eaton USA USA 13.80 1000 0.150
3 2429 Kevin Mayer FRA FRA 14.02 972 0.141
4 2488 Arthur Abele GER GER 14.12 959 0.137
5 3028 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR 14.34 931 0.137
6 2651 Akihiko Nakamura JPN JPN 14.57 902 0.139
7 2505 Kai Kazmirek GER GER 14.62 896 0.139

110 metres hurdles

The 110 metres hurdles was held on 18 August at 09:30.

RankHeatAthleteNationalityResultPointsNotesOverall
points
Overall
rank
1 4 Damian Warner  Canada 13.58 1029   5518 2
2 4 Ashton Eaton  United States 13.80 1000   5621 1
3 4 Kévin Mayer  France 14.02 972   5407 3
4 4 Arthur Abele  Germany 14.12 959   5093 14
5 1 Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 14.15 955 PB 5333 5
6 2 Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil 14.17 953 SB 5234 8
7 3 Yordanis García  Cuba 14.25 942 SB 5072 17
8 3 Cedric Dubler  Australia 14.30 936   5155 10
9 4 Oleksiy Kasyanov  Ukraine 14.34 931   5240 7
10 2 Adam Helcelet  Czech Republic 14.37 927 SB 5145 12
11 2 Dominik Distelberger  Austria 14.39 925 SB 4992 18
12 2 Leonel Suárez  Cuba 14.48 913 SB 5089 15
13 4 Akihiko Nakamura  Japan 14.57 902   4801 23
13 3 Jeremy Taiwo  United States 14.57 902   5321 6
15 4 Kai Kazmirek  Germany 14.62 896   5396 4
16 2 Mihail Dudaš  Serbia 14.65 892   5111 13
17 1 Zach Ziemek  United States 14.77 878   5148 11
18 1 Kurt Felix  Grenada 14.79 875 SB 5165 9
19 3 Bastien Auzeil  France 14.82 871   4969 19
20 2 Maicel Uibo  Estonia 14.84 869   4231 27
21 3 Pau Tonnesen  Spain 14.99 851   4835 22
22 3 Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium 15.01 848   5073 16
23 3 Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic 15.02 847   4788 24
24 1 Keisuke Ushiro  Japan 15.09 839   4725 25
24 2 Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland 15.09 839   4835 21
26 1 Lindon Victor  Grenada 15.74 762   4887 20
27 1 Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia 16.51 676   4518 26
 
18 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: decathlon discus – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

A 45.49m throw from Ashton Eaton – his best in a championships decathlon since 2011 – put the defending champion back on course for a 9000-point score in the decathlon.

He opened with 43.16m before producing his best mark in the second round. He then backed it up with a final effort of 45.39m.

With three events to go, Eaton has a lead of 115 points over the rest of the field. Even if some of his opponents make a bit of a dent on that lead in the next two events, Eaton has the luxury of knowing that he is one of the best 1500m runners in the field.

Mayer continued putting together the series of his life, throwing 46.78m – his best ever throw in a championships decathlon – to bring his tally to 6211.

The Frenchman is now within 72 points of Damian Warner, who threw 44.93m in the discus. The Canadian isn’t as strong as Mayer in the next event, the pole vault, so he will likely relinquish his second-place position in the overall standings.

Germany’s Kai Kazmirek continued to apply the pressure on Warner, throwing 43.25m to move within 156 points of Warner. Like Mayer, Kazmirek is usually stronger than Warner in some of the remaining events, so could theoretically challenge for the bronze medal.

Algeria’s Larbi Bourrada set his second PB of the competition, throwing 42.39m to remain on course to break his own African record.

Leonel Suarez, a notoriously strong second-day performer, moved up the leaderboard by another five places into 10th. After two fouls, the Cuban produced the second-best throw of his life, 47.07m.

Oleksiy Kasyanov also registered fouls with his first two throws, but the outcome for the Ukrainian wasn’t quite as good as it was for Suarez. His final effort wobbled out to just beyond 30 metres, but – knowing that it wouldn’t be enough to mount a serious challenge for the medals – he intentionally fouled and will take no further part in the competition.

Grenada’s Lindon Victor was the top performer in the discus, unleashing a throw of 53.24m. His mark was just 55 centimetres shy of the Olympic decathlon best.

Japan’s Keisuke Ushiro (49.90m) and USA’s Zach Ziemek (49.42m) were the only other men to throw beyond 49 metres.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Group A 18 AUG 2016 10:25

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2541 Lindon Victor GRN GRN 53.24 938
2 2662 Keisuke Ushiro JPN JPN 49.90 SB 868
3 3106 Zachery Ziemek USA USA 49.42 PB 858
4 2856 Paweł Wiesiołek POL POL 48.32 PB 835
5 2429 Kevin Mayer FRA FRA 46.78 804
6 2538 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 45.10 769
7 2135 Luiz Alberto de Araújo BRA BRA 45.10 769
8 2210 Damian Warner CAN CAN 44.93 765
9 2488 Arthur Abele GER GER 44.66 760
10 2300 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 44.13 749
11 2936 Mihail Dudaš SRB SRB 43.27 731
12 2412 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 42.23 710
13 2386 Maicel Uibo EST EST 37.69 618
  3028 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR NM 0
 

Group B 18 AUG 2016 11:40

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2289 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 47.07 SB 810
2 2370 Pau Tonnesen ESP ESP 46.31 SB 794
3 3065 Ashton Eaton USA USA 45.49 SB 777
4 2308 Jirí Sýkora CZE CZE 44.49 756
5 2097 Thomas van der Plaetsen BEL BEL 43.58 738
6 2505 Kai Kazmirek GER GER 43.25 731
7 2385 Karl-Robert Saluri EST EST 42.96 725
8 2004 Larbi Bourrada ALG ALG 42.39 PB 713
9 2272 Yordani García CUB CUB 40.34 SB 671
10 3099 Jeremy Taiwo USA USA 39.91 663
11 2036 Cedric Dubler AUS AUS 38.89 642
12 2057 Dominik Distelberger AUT AUT 38.09 626
13 2651 Akihiko Nakamura JPN JPN 34.91 562
 

Discus throw

The discus throw was held on 18 August at 10:25.

RankGroupNameNationality#1#2#3ResultPointsNotesOverall
points
Overall
rank
1 A Lindon Victor  Grenada 53.21 x 53.24 53.24 938   5825 14
2 A Keisuke Ushiro  Japan 47.86 48.42 49.90 49.90 868 SB 5593 22
3 A Zach Ziemek  United States 45.32 49.42 x 49.42 858 PB 6006 6
4 A Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland 44.93 x 48.32 48.32 835 PB 5670 19
5 B Leonel Suárez  Cuba 47.07 x x 47.07 810 SB 5899 10
6 A Kévin Mayer  France x 46.78 x 46.78 804   6211 3
7 B Pau Tonnesen  Spain 42.83 44.85 46.31 46.31 794 SB 5629 20
8 B Ashton Eaton  United States 43.16 45.49 45.39 45.49 777 SB 6398 1
9 A Kurt Felix  Grenada 42.88 42.98 45.10 45.10 769   5934 9
9 A Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil x 40.70 45.10 45.10 769   6003 7
11 A Damian Warner  Canada x 42.43 44.93 44.93 765   6283 2
12 A Arthur Abele  Germany 44.66 44.00 43.94 44.66 760   5853 12
13 B Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic 41.36 44.11 44.49 44.49 756   5544 23
14 A Adam Helcelet  Czech Republic x 42.11 44.13 44.13 749   5894 11
15 B Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium 42.57 43.58 41.98 43.58 738   5811 15
16 A Mihail Dudaš  Serbia 43.27 42.23 42.13 43.27 731   5842 13
17 B Kai Kazmirek  Germany 37.61 41.98 43.25 43.25 731   6127 4
18 B Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia 39.97 42.96 42.37 42.96 725   5243 25
19 B Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 37.12 42.39 x 42.39 713 PB 6046 5
20 A Bastien Auzeil  France 41.35 42.23 x 42.23 710   5679 18
21 B Yordanis García  Cuba x 40.34 40.13 40.34 671 SB 5743 17
22 B Jeremy Taiwo  United States x 39.91 38.62 39.91 663   5984 8
23 B Cedric Dubler  Australia 38.16 32.93 38.89 38.89 642   5797 16
24 B Dominik Distelberger  Austria 35.82 38.09 x 38.09 626   5618 21
25 A Maicel Uibo  Estonia x x 37.69 37.69 618   4849 27
26 B Akihiko Nakamura  Japan x 34.91 34.83 34.91 562   5363 24
A Oleksiy Kasyanov  Ukraine x x x NM 0   5240 26

Report: decathlon pole vault – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Trust Ashton Eaton to turn a near-disaster into a success.

The decathlon leader cleared his opening height of 4.70m in the pole vault, but then failed his first two tries at 4.90m. A third miss would have put him in danger of being caught in the last two events – an unthinkable prospect heading into this competition.

But Eaton kept his cool and got over 4.90m on his third try. Wanting to keep something in reserve for the energy-sapping 1500m later this evening, he then skipped to 5.10m, but once again needed all three attempts to get over.

Eaton then moved to 5.20m and succeeded at his second attempt. He ended with three unsuccessful tries at 5.30m, but his 5.20m clearance is enough to keep him on track for the Olympic record and perhaps even the third 9000-point performance of his career.

Kevin Mayer continued his rise – quite literally – as he cleared a lifetime best of 5.40m. With two relatively low-risk events left, the javelin and 1500m, Mayer now looks destined to take the silver medal.

Mayer was one of two men left in the competition as the bar reached its final height of 5.50m. Mayer ran through his first two tries at that height and then aborted his final attempt was he was in the air. European champion Thomas van der Plaetsen was fairly close on his last attempt at 5.50m, but settled for a best clearance of 5.40m, taking him from 15th to eighth overall.

World silver medallist Damian Warner equalled his season’s best of 4.70m, but with Mayer having the competition of his life, the Canadian slipped from second to third in the overall standings, 268 points behind Eaton and 144 points behind Mayer.

Germany’s Kai Kazmirek made up more ground on Warner after clearing 5.00m. The German remains in fourth place overall but is now just 65 points shy of Warner.

Cuba’s Leonel Suarez may still be down in 10th place after clearing a season’s best of 4.90m in the pole vault, but the 2008 and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist will make up significant ground in the next event, the javelin.

With nine men clearing 5.00m, five men over 5.20m and two over 5.40m, it was one of the best quality decathlon pole vault competitions in Olympic history.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Group A 18 AUG 2016 13:25

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2429 Kevin Mayer FRA FRA 5.40 PB 1035
2 2097 Thomas van der Plaetsen BEL BEL 5.40 1035
3 3106 Zachery Ziemek USA USA 5.20 972
4 3065 Ashton Eaton USA USA 5.20 972
5 2370 Pau Tonnesen ESP ESP 5.20 972
6 2412 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 5.10 SB 941
7 2386 Maicel Uibo EST EST 5.10 941
8 2505 Kai Kazmirek GER GER 5.00 910
9 3099 Jeremy Taiwo USA USA 5.00 PB 910
10 2135 Luiz Alberto de Araújo BRA BRA 4.90 880
11 2057 Dominik Distelberger AUT AUT 4.80 849
12 2300 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 4.70 819
13 2488 Arthur Abele GER GER 4.50 760
13 2385 Karl-Robert Saluri EST EST 4.50 760
 

Group B 18 AUG 2016 13:25

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2036 Cedric Dubler AUS AUS 4.90 PB 880
2 2289 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 4.90 SB 880
3 2662 Keisuke Ushiro JPN JPN 4.90 PB 880
4 2651 Akihiko Nakamura JPN JPN 4.70 819
5 2210 Damian Warner CAN CAN 4.70 819
6 2004 Larbi Bourrada ALG ALG 4.60 790
6 2936 Mihail Dudaš SRB SRB 4.60 790
8 2272 Yordani García CUB CUB 4.50 760
8 2856 Paweł Wiesiołek POL POL 4.50 760
10 2538 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 4.50 760
11 2541 Lindon Victor GRN GRN 4.40 731
  2308 Jirí Sýkora CZE CZE NM 0
  3028 Oleksiy Kasyanov UKR UKR DNS 0

Pole vault

The pole vault was held on 18 August at 13:25.

RankGroupNameNationality4.104.204.304.404.504.604.704.804.905.005.105.205.305.405.50ResultPointsNotesOverall
points
Overall
rank
1 A Kévin Mayer  France o xo o xo xxx 5.40 1035 PB 7246 2
1 A Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium o o xxo xxx 5.40 1035   6846 8
3 A Zach Ziemek  United States o o xo xxx     5.20 972   6978 5
3 A Ashton Eaton  United States o xxo xxo xo xxx   5.20 972   7370 1
3 A Pau Tonnesen  Spain xo o xxo xxx   5.20 972   6601 17
6 A Bastien Auzeil  France xo xxo o xxx       5.10 941 SB 6620 15
6 A Maicel Uibo  Estonia xo xxo xxx       5.10 941   5790 25
8 A Kai Kazmirek  Germany o o xxx       5.00 910   7037 4
8 A Jeremy Taiwo  United States o xo xxo xxo xxx         5.00 910 PB 6894 6
10 B Cedric Dubler  Australia o xo o xxx           4.90 880 PB 6677 13
10 A Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil xo xo o xxx           4.90 880   6883 7
10 B Leonel Suárez  Cuba o o xxo o o xxx           4.90 880 SB 6779 10
10 B Keisuke Ushiro  Japan o o o xxo xo xxx           4.90 880 PB 6473 20
14 A Dominik Distelberger  Austria o xo xxx             4.80 849   6467 21
15 A Adam Helcelet  Czech Republic o o xxx               4.70 819   6713 11
15 B Akihiko Nakamura  Japan o o o xxo xxx               4.70 819   6182 23
15 B Damian Warner  Canada o xo xxo xxx               4.70 819   7102 3
18 B Larbi Bourrada  Algeria o xxx               4.60 790   6836 9
18 B Mihail Dudaš  Serbia o o xxx                 4.60 790   6632 14
20 A Arthur Abele  Germany o xxx                 4.50 760   6613 16
20 B Yordanis García  Cuba o xxx                 4.50 760   6503 19
20 A Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia o r                 4.50 760   6003 24
20 B Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland o o xxx                   4.50 760   6430 22
20 B Kurt Felix  Grenada xo o o xxx                   4.50 760   6694 12
25 B Lindon Victor  Grenada xxo o o xo xxx                     4.40 731   6556 18
B Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic xxx                         NM 0  
Note: Oleksiy Kasyanov of Ukraine did not compete.
18 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: decathlon javelin – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

After group B’s first round in the decathlon javelin, it looked as though none of the medal positions were safe; not even Ashton Eaton’s.

France’s Kevin Mayer sent his javelin flying out to 65.04m with his first effort, just a metre shy of his lifetime best. When Ashton Eaton opened with 53.26m, Mayer momentarily took the overall lead. Not for the first time this competition, the pressure was on the world record-holder and defending champion.

But that was only half of the drama from round one.

Germany’s Kai Kazmirek threw a PB of 64.60m, while world silver medallist Damian Warner opened with 58.01m. It meant that Kazmirek moved ahead of Warner by 34 points.

The situation altered slightly in the second round and then changed again in the third.

Eaton improved to 58.26m in the second round before throwing 59.77m with his last attempt. It was several metres down on his PB, but was enough for him to regain the lead. He will head into the final event with 8104 points.

Mayer didn’t improve on his first-round throw and will go into the 1500m just 44 points behind Eaton. It means that Eaton has to stay within 6.4 seconds of Mayer in the 1500m to win the decathlon; Eaton’s PB is 4:14.48, Mayer’s is 4:18.04.

To break the Olympic decathlon record, Eaton would need to run 4:23.25.

Warner improved to 63.19m with his final throw, moving him back into third place on the leaderboard. Just like the gap between the top two, the difference between Warner and Kazmirek is 44 points, so Kazmirek would have to finish 6.4 seconds ahead of Warner in the 1500m to take the bronze medal. With Warner’s PB being nine seconds quicker than Kazmirek’s, the German faces a tough task if he wants to make it on to the podium.

Larbi Bourrada threw 66.49m in the javelin to set his third throwing PB of the competition. A strong 1500m runner, the Algerian is currently in seventh but could move up a couple of places by the end of the 1500m.

As expected, Leonel Suarez was the top performer in the javelin, but the Cuban’s mark was still seven metres short of the PB he set earlier this year. The 2008 and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist threw 72.32m to move into sixth place.

Grenada’s Kurt Felix was the second-best javelin thrower and he produced a PB of 69.92m to move into

With a best of 64.13m, Arthur Abele was some way short of the 71.89m PB he set in Ratingen and slipped down the standings. But European champion Thomas van der Plaetsen looks to be on course to set a decathlon PB after throwing a season’s best of 62.09m in the javelin.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Group A 18 AUG 2016 18:35

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2538 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 69.92 PB 888
2 2300 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 68.20 PB 862
3 2004 Larbi Bourrada ALG ALG 66.49 PB 836
4 2272 Yordani García CUB CUB 64.70 809
5 2488 Arthur Abele GER GER 64.13 800
6 2541 Lindon Victor GRN GRN 63.54 791
7 2057 Dominik Distelberger AUT AUT 61.83 PB 765
8 2308 Jirí Sýkora CZE CZE 56.99 693
9 2856 Paweł Wiesiołek POL POL 56.68 688
10 3099 Jeremy Taiwo USA USA 51.29 608
11 2651 Akihiko Nakamura JPN JPN 51.24 607
12 2385 Karl-Robert Saluri EST EST 46.42 536
  2936 Mihail Dudaš SRB SRB DNS 0
 

Group B 18 AUG 2016 19:45

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2289 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 72.32 925
2 2662 Keisuke Ushiro JPN JPN 66.63 838
3 2429 Kevin Mayer FRA FRA 65.04 814
4 2505 Kai Kazmirek GER GER 64.60 PB 807
5 2210 Damian Warner CAN CAN 63.19 SB 786
6 2097 Thomas van der Plaetsen BEL BEL 62.09 SB 769
7 2412 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 61.91 SB 767
8 3106 Zachery Ziemek USA USA 60.92 PB 752
9 2386 Maicel Uibo EST EST 60.52 746
10 2370 Pau Tonnesen ESP ESP 60.15 740
11 3065 Ashton Eaton USA USA 59.77 734
12 2135 Luiz Alberto de Araújo BRA BRA 57.28 PB 697
13 2036 Cedric Dubler AUS AUS 51.82 616

Javelin throw

The javelin throw was held on 18 August at 18:35.

RankGroupNameNationality#1#2#3ResultPointsNotesOverall
points
Overall
rank
1 B Leonel Suárez  Cuba x 70.05 72.32 72.32 925   7704 6
2 A Kurt Felix  Grenada 62.79 66.66 69.92 69.92 888 PB 7582 9
3 A Adam Helcelet  Czech Republic 60.84 62.42 68.20 68.20 862 PB 7575 11
4 B Keisuke Ushiro  Japan 56.54 62.13 66.63 66.63 838   7311 18
5 A Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 64.63 65.22 66.49 66.49 836 PB 7672 7
6 B Kévin Mayer  France 65.04 x x 65.04 814   8060 2
7 A Yordanis García  Cuba 63.22 64.70 62.60 64.70 809   7312 17
8 B Kai Kazmirek  Germany 64.60 x 55.10 64.60 807 PB 7844 4
9 A Arthur Abele  Germany 61.05 64.13 x 64.13 800   7413 13
10 A Lindon Victor  Grenada x 62.24 63.54 63.54 791   7347 15
11 B Damian Warner  Canada 58.01 56.74 63.19 63.19 786 SB 7888 3
12 B Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium 60.23 59.92 62.09 62.09 769 SB 7615 8
13 B Bastien Auzeil  France 61.91 60.64 x 61.91 767 SB 7387 14
14 A Dominik Distelberger  Austria 61.83 61.52 58.35 61.83 765 PB 7232 20
15 B Zach Ziemek  United States 57.27 60.22 60.92 60.92 752 PB 7730 5
16 B Maicel Uibo  Estonia x 57.34 60.52 60.52 746   6536 24
17 B Pau Tonnesen  Spain 56.96 x 60.15 60.15 740   7341 16
18 B Ashton Eaton  United States 53.26 58.26 59.77 59.77 734   8104 1
19 B Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil 55.67 57.28 57.10 57.28 697 PB 7580 10
20 A Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic 56.99 56.26 x 56.99 693   6237 25
21 A Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland 54.79 55.92 56.68 56.68 688   7118 21
22 B Cedric Dubler  Australia 51.82 x 42.82 51.82 616   7293 19
23 A Jeremy Taiwo  United States 51.29 x x 51.29 608   7502 12
24 A Akihiko Nakamura  Japan 50.34 51.16 51.24 51.24 607   6789 22
25 A Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia 46.42 46.42 536   6539 23

Note: Mihail Dudaš of Serbia did not compete.

18 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: decathlon 1500m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

He was put under pressure at the start, at the end, and a few times in the middle of the competition. But ultimately Ashton Eaton showed exactly why he is the world’s greatest all-round athlete by successfully defending his Olympic decathlon title.

Eaton had put together a consistent series of marks across the nine events ahead of the 1500m, but he perhaps wasn’t as dominant as many thought he might be. Added to that, Kevin Mayer was having the competition of his life, setting PBs in the 100m, 400m, shot put and pole vault.

The 2010 world U20 champion went into the 1500m with a score of 8060 – just 461 points shy of his pre-Olympic lifetime best for a full decathlon. He was also just 44 points adrift of Eaton.

Eaton needed to stay within 6.4 seconds of Mayer to win gold. To equal or break the Olympic record, he needed to run faster than 4:23.40.

He did both.

With the gold medal relatively safe and no world record to chase, Eaton was happy enough to sit in fifth place for the first two laps of the 1500m. USA’s Jeremy Taiwo had the early lead before Algeria’s Larbi Bourrada hit the front and extended his lead to the end.

Bourrada crossed the line in 4:14.60 to break his own African decathlon record with 8521 in fifth place.

The focus of the entire stadium was further up the home straight, though. Eaton had moved up to third on the last lap, overtaking Mayer, and was digging deep. He crossed the line in 4:23.33 to bring his tally to 8893, tying the Olympic record set 12 years ago by Roman Sebrle.

Eaton is now just the third man in history to win back-to-back Olympic decathlon titles, following Bob Mathias (1948 and 1952) and Daley Thompson (1980 and 1984).

Before Eaton came along, Dan O’Brien was the only man to have won the Olympic, world and world indoor combined events titles, as well as setting world records indoors and out.

Eaton has now done all of those things. Twice over.

“To win two Olympic golds in a row like Daley Thompson is very special,” said Eaton. “One day, I'm going to have to meet Daley, shake his hand and thank him for giving me something to chase after.

“My throwing has been bad in the past, but I really got after the discus and shot here,” he added. “Can I do three in a row? Maybe you should ask Daley.”

Mayer rounded out his decathlon of a lifetime by clocking 4:25.49 in the 1500m, giving him a score of 8834. Not only does it smash the French record by 260 points, but it also moves Mayer to sixth on the world all-time list, one place behind Thompson and ahead of Jurgen Hingsen and Bryan Clay.

World silver medallist Damian Warner had also been under intense pressure throughout the competition. Viewed as a solid bet for the silver medal going into the decathlon, the Canadian’s hopes of living up to those predictions slipped away with each event as Mayer produced PB after PB.

Warner kept his cool, though, and ensured he stayed ahead of Germany’s Kai Kazmirek to hold on to the bronze medal. Knowing that he couldn’t let Kazmirek finish more than 6.4 ahead in the 1500m, Warner easily achieved that goal, clocking 4:24.90 to Kazmirek’s 4:31.25.

Warner took bronze with a season’s best of 8666 with Kazmirek setting a PB of 8580 in fourth.

Leonel Suarez, the 2008 and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, finished sixth on this occasion with 8460, his best score since the last Olympics.

USA’s Zach Ziemek was seventh with 8392, while European champion Thomas van der Plaetsen was eighth with a PB of 8332.

For the first time in Olympic history, 11 men scored 8300 or higher. But in a competition of unprecedented depth at the Games, still no one was able to beat Eaton.

Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF

Heat 1 18 AUG 2016 21:45

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2651 Akihiko Nakamura JPN JPN 4:18.37 823
2 2036 Cedric Dubler AUS AUS 4:32.12 PB 731
3 2057 Dominik Distelberger AUT AUT 4:33.47 SB 722
4 2385 Karl-Robert Saluri EST EST 4:39.40 684
5 2412 Bastien Auzeil FRA FRA 4:40.50 677
6 2856 Paweł Wiesiołek POL POL 4:42.27 666
7 2541 Lindon Victor GRN GRN 4:44.73 651
8 2272 Yordani García CUB CUB 4:44.99 649
9 2370 Pau Tonnesen ESP ESP 4:46.27 641
10 2662 Keisuke Ushiro JPN JPN 4:46.33 641
11 2386 Maicel Uibo EST EST 4:47.49 634
12 2488 Arthur Abele GER GER 4:53.07 600
  2308 Jirí Sýkora CZE CZE DNF 0
 

Heat 2 18 AUG 2016 21:56

POSBIBATHLETECOUNTRYMARKPoints
1 2004 Larbi Bourrada ALG ALG 4:14.60 849
2 3099 Jeremy Taiwo USA USA 4:21.96 798
3 3065 Ashton Eaton USA USA 4:23.33 SB 789
4 2210 Damian Warner CAN CAN 4:24.90 SB 778
5 2429 Kevin Mayer FRA FRA 4:25.49 SB 774
6 2289 Leonel Suárez CUB CUB 4:28.32 SB 756
7 2538 Kurt Felix GRN GRN 4:30.53 PB 741
8 2505 Kai Kazmirek GER GER 4:31.25 PB 736
9 2135 Luiz Alberto de Araújo BRA BRA 4:31.46 SB 735
10 2097 Thomas van der Plaetsen BEL BEL 4:34.21 SB 717
11 2300 Adam Sebastian Helcelet CZE CZE 4:34.41 PB 716
12 3106 Zachery Ziemek USA USA 4:42.97 662

1500 metres

The 1500 metres was held on 18 August at 21:45.

RankHeatAthleteNationalityResultPointsNotesOverall
points
Overall
rank
1 2 Larbi Bourrada  Algeria 4:14.60 849   8521 5
2 1 Akihiko Nakamura  Japan 4:18.37 823   7612 22
3 2 Jeremy Taiwo  United States 4:21.96 798   8300 11
4 2 Ashton Eaton  United States 4:23.33 789 SB 8893 1
5 2 Damian Warner  Canada 4:24.90 778 SB 8666 3
6 2 Kévin Mayer  France 4:25.49 774 SB 8834 2
7 2 Leonel Suárez  Cuba 4:28.32 756 SB 8460 6
8 2 Kurt Felix  Grenada 4:30.53 741 PB 8323 9
9 2 Kai Kazmirek  Germany 4:31.25 736 PB 8580 4
10 2 Luiz Alberto de Araújo  Brazil 4:31.46 735 SB 8315 10
11 1 Cedric Dubler  Australia 4:32.12 731 PB 8024 14
12 1 Dominik Distelberger  Austria 4:33.47 722 SB 7954 19
13 2 Thomas Van der Plaetsen  Belgium 4:34.21 717 SB 8332 8
14 2 Adam Sebastian Helcelet  Czech Republic 4:34.41 716 PB 8291 12
15 1 Karl Robert Saluri  Estonia 4:39.40 684   7223 23
16 1 Bastien Auzeil  France 4:40.50 677   8064 13
17 1 Paweł Wiesiołek  Poland 4:42.27 666   7784 21
18 2 Zach Ziemek  United States 4:42.97 662   8392 7
19 1 Lindon Victor  Grenada 4:44.73 651   7998 16
20 1 Yordanis García  Cuba 4:44.99 649   7961 18
21 1 Pau Tonnesen  Spain 4:46.27 641   7982 17
22 1 Keisuke Ushiro  Japan 4:46.33 641   7952 20
23 1 Maicel Uibo  Estonia 4:47.49 634   7170 24
24 1 Arthur Abele  Germany 4:53.07 600   8013 15
1 Jiří Sýkora  Czech Republic DNF 0   6237 25
 

 

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