Australia had never had a winner of a combined events title at the World U20 Championships but, like waiting for a bus, two gold medal prospects turned up at the same time in Tampere.
On season’s bests, the top five entrants for the decathlon at the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 are separated by just 120 points.
German decathlon sensation Nicklas Kaul broke the world U20 decathlon record* to highlight the final day of European U20 Championships at the Carlo Zecchini stadium in Grosseto, Italy, on Sunday (23).
For the first eight events of the decathlon, Kaul kept his cool. He knew that his best event was yet to come.
Niklas Kaul has ended the first day of the decathlon in sixth place, almost 200 points behind current leader Maksim Andraloits, but the German is on course to take gold.
It has been 16 years since one nation took two decathlon medals at the IAAF World U20 Championships, but there’s a good chance of that happening in Bydgoszcz. The only question is whether it will be Germany or Cuba who achieves the feat.
Before the start of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, only two Czech athletes had won gold medals in the 28-year history of the competition.
On the second day of the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, when eight gold medals were decided, there was plenty to excite the enthusiastic crowd in Hayward Field and plenty of debate about who should take pride of place.
Jiri Sykora made history by becoming the first Czech male athlete to win gold in the history of the IAAF World Junior Championships and he did so in impressive fashion by breaking the championship record with 8135 points.
Czech Republic’s Jiri Sykora continued the seesaw sequence of the second day and regained the pole position with one event remaining after he produced a personal best of 60.56m in the javelin.
Cedric Dubler regained the lead with two events remaining as the Australian reached a lifetime best of 4.80m in the pole vault, 20cm higher than his previous best.
Czech Republic’s Jiri Sykora has regained the lead in the decathlon after dominating the discus with 48.55m, a personal best by nearly three metres.