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Decathlon: “The best athlete in America is a huge German”

Decathlon: “The best athlete in America is a huge German”

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“The best athlete in America is a huge German.”

Leo Neugebauer

Leo Neugebauer shines in the United States with the Olympics in mind (archive photo)

Source: German News Agency/Sven Hoppe

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Decathloner Leo Neugebauer is one of Germany's great Olympic hopes. He dropped out of the European Championships and is currently competing in the US College Championships. And here he stands on the brink of a historic victory. The American media is also celebrating the exceptional athlete.

HeyOlympia hopeful Leo Neugebauer was in strong form in the first half of the decathlon at the USA College Championships. The Stuttgart club athlete collected 4,685 points on Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon – the 9,000-point mark is within reach two months before the Olympics. His German record of 8,836 points was shaky heading into the second day, when he starts as leader.

Only four athletes have achieved 9,000 points in the history of the decathlon: Frenchman and world record holder Kevin Mayer (9,126), American Ashton Eaton (9,045), Czech Roman Siberle (9,026), and Canadian Damien Warner (9,018).

With a distance of 17.46 meters in the shot put, he set a new university record in the 2022 World Cup venues, and also took first place with 7.86 meters in the long jump and 2.07 meters in the high jump. Two weeks before his 24th birthday, he also ran the 100 meters in 10.64 seconds and the 400 meters in 48.03 seconds. It was almost a second slower than the German record a year earlier.

“I can't complain, after all I had the best first day of my career. I would have liked to run a little faster for 400 metres, but my legs wouldn't allow it,” Leo Neugebauer said on Instagram.

“Only the sky is the limit”

The American media has also long become aware of the exceptional athlete. For example, the Wall Street Journal devoted Neugebauer under the title “The best athlete in America is the giant German.” Long article. Neugebauer is an impressive 1.98 meters tall.

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A year ago, Leo Neugebauer broke the record set by 39-year-old Jorgen Hingsen and became a shooting star in the decathlon – and then it was the turn of the record set by Frank Boseman, the 1996 Olympic runner-up in Atlanta: At the college championships in Boston, he made the heptathlon He scored 6,347 points, bettering Boseman's 22-year-old indoor national record. In February 2002, this earned a total of 6,291 points. “The sky's the limit,” Neugebauer himself said in an interview with Olympics.com last year.

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Neugebauer, who teaches and trains in Austin at the University of Texas, is forgoing the European Championships in Rome for the U.S. College Championships. NCAA Championships are a dress rehearsal for Paris 2024: “The Olympics are the ultimate goal of every athlete. “You want to say, 'I'm an Olympian.' Neugebauer said About peak season. However, the exceptional athlete tells “Sportschau” that he does not feel much pressure: “I just do my job and try to improve day by day.”