Decathlon Leo Neugebauer is still leading the IAAF World Championships in Budapest after four competitions and can even dream of a gold medal. European champion Niklas Kaul gave up further attempts in the high jump after he cleared 2.02m and had to treat his foot.
The star, Neugebauer, also mastered 2.02 meters and maintained his lead with 3730 points, 68 points ahead of strong Canadians Damien Warner and Pierce Lepage.
Cowell, who had already complained of hip problems after the long jump, jumped just 1.96m and didn’t fail, but stumbled after his third jump and didn’t get any higher. Then the European champion underwent treatment for his foot. The 25-year-old is languishing in 15th place with 3,271 points and, unlike Neugebauer, the Mainz man has his greatest strength on day two and can start to catch up.
Manuel Eitel from Ulm managed a height of 1.99 m and was satisfied with his performance – 12th place (3410).
Neugebauer with two personal bests
On Friday morning (08/25/2023) Neugebauer dominated the field in the long jump and shot put, where 8.00m and 17.04m meant personal best results. This year’s World Player of the Year darted across the court like a pinball after the first eight-meter jump of his career and produced a sensational display.
Driven by family and friends
“I’m happy and having a lot of fun,” said the German record holder, who studies and trains in the United States, of the athletic performance. “I’m just trying to enjoy it. My family and friends are finally in the audience, I have most of the competitions in America and I’m glad they’re there.”
No sign of pressure: With a wide smile, the college student, who has his own YouTube channel, paused to take selfies and easily attract fans. After only three majors, he lost his voice from the frequent cheers.
Cowell: “I’m not at the World Cup yet”
Cowell managed to clear 14.85m on the last attempt. And he performed well, especially since the 2019 world champion suffered a slight thigh injury in the long jump (7.16m). “I felt a bit of a pull when I jumped,” said the 25-year-old, who wasn’t entirely happy with his morning. “I haven’t been to the World Cup yet, which bothers me a bit.” “The performances are good, but it’s not enough at the World Cup.”
Neugebauer ran the 100m in 10.69 seconds and was therefore close to his personal best (10.61), while Cowell ran a season record of 11.20 seconds.
title holder World record holder Meyer surrenders
Kevin Mayer withdrew after the long jump due to Achilles tendon problems. The defending champion and world record holder had already placed the probability of completing the decathlon at less than 50 percent. “I couldn’t be 100 percent fit because of this injury,” said the 31-year-old, who is looking forward to next year’s Olympics. “Paris is my top priority and I don’t want to risk anything.”
It continues from 9.05 pm at the end of the first day (in the live tape on Sportschau.de) with the 400m race.
Cole enjoys his strengths on the second day
Kaul and Neugebauer are among the few German medal hopes in Budapest. With his German score of 8,836 points, Neugebauer tops the annual world best, and Kaul is ninth with 8,484 points from Ratingen.
After eight contests, Neugebauer became the best all-around fighter of all time in his best competition to date in Austin/Texas. In the unpopular disciplines javelin and 1500m, Cowell can snatch more than 600 points in the finish. The 2019 World Champion is strong in both and is always in contention for first place. The second day on Saturday is broadcast live from 10.05am on the first day and on Sportschau.de.
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