Contesting his first heptathlon since taking the bronze medal at the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Thomas van der Plaetsen won the Belgian indoor title in Gent on Sunday (3) with a world-leading 6132.
It is the letter that all athletes hope they never receive.
Belgian decathlete Thomas van der Plaetsen successfully defended his title at the World University Games in the Korean city of Gwangju on Thursday (9) in a competition which came down to the final event.
The famous Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, the Austrian leg of the 2014 IAAF Combined Events Challenge, will celebrate its 40th anniversary between 31 May and 1 June with a gathering of world, Olympic and European medallists at the famous Mosle Stadium.
Two-time world champion Trey Hardee and world indoor champion Nadine Broersen have been added to the line-up for this year’s Hypo-Meeting, the 40th edition of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting in Gotzis, which this year will be held between 31 May and 1 June.
Despite his below-par performance at his only other outdoor outing this summer, London 2012 Olympic Games champion Ivan Ukhov was still the High Jump favourite on the third day of the World University Games in Kazan, but he found himself upstaged by his compatriot Sergey Mudrov on Tuesday.
Severe thunder storms forced the organisers of the World University Games to suspend the second day’s programme in Kazan, Russia, for more than 30 minutes but that didn’t distract Russian long jump star Darya Klishina on Monday (8).
European junior decathlon champion Thomas Van der Plaetsen made his indoor heptathlon debut a memorable one, setting a Belgian record at the National Indoor Combined Events Championships (5-6) in Gent.