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
|Long Jump||7.80m (PR)||1||1010|
Day 2: 4,563
|Pole Vault||5.45m (PR)||1||1051|
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:
That was an incredible display of ability! I’m super happy for @mayer_decathlon & even more for the future of the decathlon. Important thing to me has always been to keep pushing the limit and inspiring others to do the same. The more 9k can become commonplace the better. Alle!— Ashton Eaton (@AshtonJEaton) September 16, 2018
Could this be enough to coax Eaton out of retirement? Probably not, but Ato Boldon would love to see it.
Ok @AshtonJEaton worlds are in Eugene in 2021…Comeback?— Ato Boldon (@AtoBoldon) September 16, 2018