Mayer gunning for Eaton's decathlon world record
Talence (France) (AFP)
France's Kevin Mayer is in with a shot of establishing a new decathlon world record after the first five events at the Decastar meet in Talence on Saturday.
The 26-year-old missed out on adding the European title to his world crown and Olympic silver medal when he failed to register a mark in the long jump in Berlin last month.
But he put that disappointment well and truly behind him with a personal best of 7.80 metres, with another personal best of 10.55s coming in the 100m.
A shotput throw of 16m, then 2.05m on his third and last effort in the high jump and a 400m time of 48.42sec earned him a total of 4563 points at the midway stage.
"I was under enormous pressure, I've never been so stressed," he told the crowd.
At the close of business Saturday he is already 128 points ahead of his points total at the Rio 2016 Games where he set a French record of 8834.
He is 140 points behind Ashton Eaton, the American who owns the world record for the multi-sports discipline of 9045 points set at the 2015 world championships in Beijing.
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