Kevin Mayer and Cassandre Aguessy Thomas are the overnight leaders in the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively, at the Meeting de la Réunion, the opening competition of the 2021 World Athletics Combined Events Challenge, in St. Paul on the French Indian Ocean island of Réunion.
It’s not how he envisaged booking his place at the Olympic Games when the qualifying window opened on 1 January 2019, but world decathlon record-holder Kevin Mayer will be aiming to score in excess of 8350 at the Meeting de la Réunion on the remote French island of La Réunion on Friday and Saturday (18-19).
Kevin Mayer produced a dominant victory in the Ultimate Garden Clash - Combined Events edition on Sunday (7), a unique triathlon competition that brought together three of the world's best decathletes competing in three countries on two continents.
The Ultimate Garden Clash series continues on Sunday 7 June with a trans-continental meeting of combined events titans.
The French Athletics Federation (FFA) has selected a team of 57 athletes for the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019, which will be held from 27 September to 6 October.
Nafissatou Thiam produced a strong opening day in the heptathlon at the Decastar in Talence, France, as Kevin Mayer, who returned to the scene of his decathlon world record, stopped the fourth leg of the IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting after the third event.
Nine months after his spectacular 9126-point tally, Kevin Mayer will return to the scene of his decathlon world record when he competes at the Decastar, an IAAF Combined Events Challenge meeting, in Talence this weekend. Fellow world champion Nifassatou Thiam will start as favourite in the heptathlon in her Decastar debut.
France’s Kevin Mayer has very generously donated the kit he wore when setting the world record for the decathlon to the IAAF Heritage Collection, which is currently on public display for six months in Doha, Qatar.