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2017 World Championships in Athletics London, United Kingdom

2017 16th IAAF World Championships - London - Men's Decathlon



Host City: London, UK
Dates: 4–13 August 2017
Nations participating: 205
Athletes participating: 2038
  Main venue: London Stadium
Overview by IAAF  
Mayer made a breakthrough at the Rio Olympics where he finished a close second to Ashton Eaton. There was space for a new World Champion, because Eaton announced his retirement at the end of 2016. The Frenchman had no decathlon to his name in 2017, but was the one to beat, having set a European indoor record and set significant outdoor personal bests including a 13.78 hurdles and a 70.54 javelin within half an hour at the Paris Diamond League. By the end of the third event, Mayer was leading, and was 57 points ahead overnight having run his fastest ever times at 100m and 400m. A further hurdles improvement to 13.75 extended his lead to 108 points, despite Freimuth’s excellent 13.68. The German got within 24 points of Mayer after the discus, but the Frenchman held the upper hand throughout despite only clearing his opening pole vault height of 5.10 on his last attempt. A tired but happy Mayer ran his 1500 in 4:36.73. That was more than 18 seconds slower than his best, but he still won by 204 from Freimuth and Kazmirek. The revelatory Õiglane improved his best by over 200 points to take fourth place.




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