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Gotze (dpa) – World champion Niklas Cole started the race cautiously to catch up on the second day of the Olympic decathlon qualifiers in Gotzez, Austria.
The 23-year-old Maines ran the 110-meter hurdles in 14.84 seconds and initially fell to 13th place with 5,023 points. After five majors, he was in 11th place with 4,126 points. This was 38 points lower than when he won the World Cup in Doha / Qatar in October 2019. Since Kaul’s strong rules such as javelin throwing have yet to appear, he must cross the 8,350 point benchmark and earn a Tokyo ticket.
Canadian Damian Warner is showing an exceptional performance as the fourth decathlon player in history to beat the 9000 point barrier. After six majors, he finished third in the World Cup with the fastest time ever in a comprehensive event that surpassed the 110-meter hurdles in 13.36 seconds with 5,802 points. No one had already scored 4,743 points after the first half of the competition. Only Roman Siberley (Czech Republic / 9026), Ashton Eaton (USA / 9045) and current world record holder Kevin Meyer (France / 9126) were able to bid more than 9000 points.
Fourth Olympian Kai Kazmerek of LG Rainfeed defended seventh with a time of 14.56 seconds in the hurdles at the start of the second day. With a time of 14.26 seconds and 5,030 points, Mathias Brueger of Ulm climbed to 12th with three places. Dennis Hüterer from Darmstadt finished 19th after 14.86 seconds over the hurdles with 4,790 points. Frankfurt Andreas Beckmann had to give up due to foot problems before the hurdles. It was nine after the first day.
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