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2009 World Championships in Athletics Berlin, Germany

2009 12th IAAF World Championships - Berlin - Men's Decathlon



Host City: Berlin, Germany
Dates: 15–23 August
Nations participating: 202
Athletes participating: 2101
  Main venue: Olympiastadion
Overview by IAAF  
The pre-season favourite had been Bryan Clay, but the reigning World and Olympic Champion was injured. His replacement as the US number one, Hardee, literally led from the gun, winning the 100m in 10.45, and followed this with personal bests in the long jump and shot put. Hardee led by just 25 points from Kasyanov at this point, but then the Ukrainian outjumped Hardee 2.05 to 1.99, and then ran 47.85 to Hardee’s 48.13. So Kasyanov led the end of a day which finished at 22:30, with 4555 to 4512 of Diaz and Hardee 4511. Diaz’s performance had featured an excellent 46.15 in the 400m, a World Championship record for the decathlon at the time. Hardee began the second day with 13.86 when no-one else was quicker than 14.08. That put him back in the lead for good. By the time the last event began, the American was 264 points ahead of Pogorelov with 8165, thanks to a 5.20 vault and a personal best by nearly four metres in the javelin (68.00). Kasyanov, conversely, had slipped to seventh. In the 1500m, Hardee preserved 150 points of his advantage, losing 21 seconds to Suárez, who climbed from sixth to second in the last two events which featured a World Championship decathlon javelin best by him of 75.19. Pogorelov held on for bronze while Kasyanov climbed from seventh to fourth after a strong run in the second 1500m heat. That effort was ultimately rewarded with a bronze medal (Ukraine’s only one from Berlin) when the Russian was disqualified in 2018. A re-test of his doping sample from the 2008 Beijing Olympics proved positive. His punishment included the annulment of all his results from then and for the next two years.




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