Incredible Mayer sets world decathlon record of 9126 points

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Kevin Mayer was planning to go on holiday after the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships but the Frenchman rearranged his plans after the pre-competition favourite and event leader recorded three fouls in the decathlon long jump.

Just over a month later in Talence on Sunday (16), the Frenchman achieved what many in the sport thought he was capable of doing: breaking Ashton Eaton’s three-year-old world record of 9045 points. Not only did Mayer surpass that total, he also became the first athlete to break 9100 points for the ten event discipline with 9126 points.

Remarkably, Mayer achieved identical first day and second day scores of 4563 points. His second day score was also the biggest in decathlon history by more than 100 points.

100 metres

Kevin Mayer began his decathlon campaign in brilliant form, improving his lifetime best once again from 10.64 to 10.55 for 963 points.

Long jump

This event proved Mayer's undoing at the European Championships in Berlin but he got it absolutely right in Talence. His opening jump of 7.56m ensured good points on the board but he improved to 7.80m on his third attempt for 1010 points. Two events, two lifetime bests.

Shot put

Mayer couldn't quite extend his sequence of personal bests but a throw of 16.00m for 851 points represented his best ever mark in a decathlon.

High jump

Kevin Mayer's record aspirations almost suffered a blip in the fourth event but he cleared 1.99m on his third attempt before clearing 2.02m and then 2.05m on his third attempt for 850 points.

400 metres

Mayer concluded his first day by finishing second in the 400m in 48.42 for 889 points, just outside his lifetime best of 48.26 from the 2017 World Championships.

110m hurdles

Mayer was pushed all the way by European champion Arthur Abele from Germany in the adjacent lane and was rewarded with another fast time: 13.75 into a 1.1 m/s headwind for 1007 points. That also equalled his best ever time in a decathlon.


Mayer saved his best throw for last with 50.54m for 882 points, the second best mark of his career and his best in a full decathlon.

Pole vault

Mayer had an indifferent pole vault at the IAAF World Championships in London and at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham but the Frenchman was brilliant today, clearing 5.45m on his first attempt for 1051 points.


His third lifetime best of the competition. Mayer's two opening throws of 66.34m and 65.43m represented solid efforts which put him further ahead of world record pace but the 26-year-old produced an exceptional throw of 71.90m on his third attempt for 918 points. His tally after nine events: 8421 points.

1500 metres

With 4:36.11 in the 1500m for 705 points, Mayer took the world record away from Eaton, surpassing the 9100 point barrier in the process.

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