World champion Kevin Mayer broke the decathlon world record* at the Decastar meeting in Talence on Sunday (16), scoring 9126 at the final IAAF Combined Events Challenge fixture of 2018.
Coming just seven hours after Eliud Kipchoge clocked 2:01:39 at the Berlin Marathon, Mayer’s performance was the second world record of the day.
The world indoor champion headed to Talence in pursuit of redemption, having crashed out of last month’s European Championships when recording three fouls in the long jump, the second discipline of the decathlon.
Performing in front of a home crowd, Mayer led from the outset, sprinting to 10.55 in the 100m, leaping 7.80m in the long jump, throwing 16.00m in the shot put, clearing 2.05m in the high jump and covering 400m in 48.42 to end the first day with 4563 points.
His momentum continued on the second day, speeding to 13.75 in the 110m hurdles, throwing 50.54m in the discus, clearing 5.45m in the pole vault, throwing 71.90m in the javelin before running the 1500m just a shade outside 4:36, bringing his winning tally to 9126.
Mayer’s performance adds 81 points to the world record set by USA’s Ashton Eaton at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015.
*Subject to the usual ratification procedure