BREAKING: Kevin Mayer Is Your New Decathlon World Record Holder!

After Eliud Kipchoge broke the marathon world record today, the track and field community hardly had a moment to catch its breath before another all-time mark fell—this time, in the decathlon.

At the Decastar competition in Talence, France, hometown favorite Kevin Mayer, 27, bested Ashton Eaton's world-record 9,045 decathlon score by 81 points with a total of 9,126, becoming the third man to ever exceed the 9,000-point barrier. Results are still being finalized as of this writing, and procedures are underway to ratify the record. 

The reigning world decathlon and heptathlon champion smashed his former personal best of 8,834, which secured him silver at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, by leading from the first event and tallying four PRs:

Day 1: 4,563

EventResultPlacePoints
100m10.55 (PR)1963
Long Jump7.80m (PR)11010
Shot Put16.00m1851
High Jump2.05m2850
400m48.422889


Day 2: 4,563

EventResultPlacePoints
110m Hurdles13.7511007
Discus50.54m1882
Pole Vault5.45m (PR)11051
Javelin71.90m (PR)1918
1500m4:36.115710


Mayer must be especially relishing this moment—his last major title bid in the decathlon ended in disappointment at this year's European Championships after fouling out of the long jump. 

Eaton took to Twitter today to magnanimously congratulate Mayer on his performance:

Could this be enough to coax Eaton out of retirement? Probably not, but Ato Boldon would love to see it.

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