Montpellier’s Kevin Mayer was crowned decathlon world champion for the second time, five years after his victory in London in 2017. He brought the French team its first and only medal on the last day of competition in Eugene, Oregon , this Sunday.
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Kevin Mayer, 30, also a double Olympic silver medalist (2016 and 2021), totaled 8,816 points after ten events to win ahead of Canadian Pierce Lepage (8,701) and American Zachery Ziemek (8,676).
The reigning Olympic champion, Canadian Damian Warner, had given up in the middle of the 400m at the end of the first day, hit in the left thigh.
At thirty – he celebrated them on February 10 – Kevin Mayer joins the ultra select club of French athletes who have doubled the individual world champions, alongside the legend Marie-Josée Pérec, crowned in the 400m in 1991 and 1995, and Eunice Barber, she crowned in the heptathlon in 1999 and in the long jump in 2003.
Halfway the previous evening, the Montpellier resident was in sixth position, some 200 points behind the provisional leader, the Puerto Rican Ayden Owens-Delerme.
After a good 100m and a performance in his standard at length, the world record holder (9,126 points in 2018) had missed his shot put at midday, with a best throw at 14.98m, very far from his record (17.08m).
Under a hot sun on Sunday, Kevin built his rise in the standings on the pole (5.40 m) and the javelin (beyond 70 m) in particular.
Even if he had a fright at the pole, when he found himself with his back to the wall from 5 m, finally crossed on his third and last try.
As a symbol, he had experienced a similar scenario on his way to his first world title in London in 2017, this time at 5.10m.
Mayer, bothered by his right Achilles heel for long weeks at the start of the year and who had therefore given up the Indoor Worlds in early March in Belgrade, was competing in his first decathlon since the Tokyo Olympics crossed back blocked in the summer. last.
After his victory, Kevin Mayer reacted with pride, conviction and strength, as he knows how to do, in front of the cameras of France Télévisions.
I’m tired of people saying of the France team that there are no results… I’m so happy to bring them this medal. There are so many people working, athletes trying to prove their worth. We don’t always have the world level because the world level is very high. We may not have the best teaching to play sports, you have to rejoice when you have medals and you have to encourage when you don’t succeed.Kevin Mayer, two-time world decathlon champion.
From Eugene, Oregon (USA), at France Télévisions.
This feat was achieved at the cost of nagging pain. “But the pain is part of the fun!”, phosphorated the 30-year-old athlete. His Achilles heel injury, which sidelined him from the Indoor Worlds in Belgrade, seems to be behind him, as does his damaging back pain in Tokyo.
“It’s my passion, I spend hours and hours there and I don’t feel like I’m working. Without suffering, we don’t have a moment of happiness like now. I started racing again 2 months. Thanks to Montpellier to all those who helped me to compete on the training stadium. Because for months I struggled, I didn’t do any. Arrived here, I had no bearings , I was depressed, I was afraid of the trials because I didn’t know what I was going to do… I’m far from my records, it’s not a huge decathlon but there is a way” confided Kevin, happy with this second world title.
Olympic Games: 2nd (2016, 2020), 15th (2012)
World Championships: 1st (2017 and 2022), 4th (2013)
European Championships: 2nd (2014)
World Indoor Championships (heptathlon): 1st (2018, 2021)
European Indoor Championships (heptathlon): 1st (2017, 2018), 2nd (2013)
Junior World Championships: 1st (2010)
European Junior Championships: 1st (2011)
World record holder: 9,126 pts (09/16/2018 in Talence)
- 100 m: 10 sec 50, on 02/10/2019 in Doha
- Long jump: 7.80 m, on 09/15/2018 in Talence
- Shot put: 17.08 m, on 08/24/2019 in Paris
- High jump: 2.09 m, 30/06/2012 in Brussels
- 400m: 48 sec 26, 08/11/2017 in London
- 110 m hurdles: 13 sec 54, on 12/19/2020 in Saint-Paul (Reunion)
- Discus throw: 52.38 m, 06/17/2018 in Rathingen (Germany)
- Pole vault: 5.60 m, on 02/10/2018 in Rouen
- Javelin throw: 73.09m, on 08/05/2021 in Tokyo
- 1,500 m: 4 min 18 sec 04, on 01/07/2012 in Brussels