Mayer skips two events at Talence decathlon

Talence (France) (AFP) –


World-record holder Kevin Mayer cut short his first day at the Talence decathlon on Saturday after competing in the first three events.

The Frenchman, who broke the world record in Talence last September, will rejoin the competition at the start of the second and last day on Sunday. He plans to take part in the 110m hurdles, the pole vault and the discus.

On Saturday, he finished second in his 100-metre race, in 10.6sec, then managed 7.55m in the long jump and put the shot 15.56m before skipping the high jump and the 400m.

He told the crowd that he was focused on the athletics world championships in Doha where the decathlon will be held on October 2 and October 3.

"I feel good," he said. "But unfortunately I'm three months away from the world championships. I'm in the middle of preparation and training and I can't go 100 percent without pain.

"It would be stupid to hurt yourself here and not do the World Championships."