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    Quote Originally Posted by LopenUupunut View Post
    1869 for last 2 events
    2779 for last 3 events
    3633 for last 4 events

    All are new WBs I think.
    And also 4164-4527! Has anyone at world level ever had a negative split of this magnitude?
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    My data is somewhat incomplete and a few years out of date; but the biggest negative split in it is 4049-4344 by Levicq in Talence '96, only 295 points.
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    Geeky decathlon stats, calculated because of Kaul's amazing competition:

    Three decathletes have broken 8650 when under 22:
    Busemann 8706 21 yrs 157 days
    Kaul 8691 21 yrs 234 days
    Suarez 8654 21 yrs 306 days

    Neither Busemann nor Suarez ever had a higher score.

    Freimuth the Elder is the only decathlete to first score over 8650 at age 22. He scored 8792 and never had a higher score.

    Five decathletes first scored over 8650 at age 23: Apaichev, Karpov, Wentz, Thompson, and Eaton. The first three never improved. The other two set WRs.

    Of the 27 decathletes who have broken 8650, 16 never improved further. Of the eleven who did, the majority broke the WR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    And also 4164-4527! Has anyone at world level ever had a negative split of this magnitude?
    Depends on what you mean by world level. Phil McMullen in 2003 in Talence did 3517/4064. In 1992 in Narbonee, Alain Blondel did 3866/4243. For scores over 8500, only Dave Johnson comes close with 4194/4455 at the 1992 OT. Johnson's 2nd day is the 3rd best ever behind Mayer's WR and Kaul's performance today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LopenUupunut View Post
    He could be.

    On the other hand, he just moved to #2 on the all-time Euro U23 list, behind Frank Busemann's 8706 from Atlanta '96. Busemann was about the same age as Kaul now, and never improved any further.
    From what I remember, it was mostly a question of injuries for Busemann. He was a relative newcomer as a decathlon specialist when he set that mark, too, having earlier won a world junior title in the 110H.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    Moving up from 11th place after day 1.
    Not a record negative split, but this has to be a record place improvement on day 2 (that might be a tough one to authenticate). He was still 11th after 6 events, then 9/6/3/1 and a comfortable margin of victory.
    Amazing competition, regardless of the final scores. I don't remember another one with so many people with a chance for the win during the second day. Would have been interesting to see the result if Mayer and Victor had survived. Although if Mayer were on form through the finish, it would have removed the suspense about the winner.
    Happy to see Uibo result, he has paid his dues and I always like seeing a 7 footer in a decathlon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    From what I remember, it was mostly a question of injuries for Busemann. He was a relative newcomer as a decathlon specialist when he set that mark, too, having earlier won a world junior title in the 110H.
    Even at age 21, Busemann already had problems with his hip and elbow. The hip eventually forced him to switch legs for the hurdles, which cost him a second. The elbow problems prevented him from throwing the javelin in training, competitions were basically the only time he ever touched a javelin.
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    Can't help but feel Warner let an opportunity slip here. Was unable to take advantage of Mayer's withdrawal. Seemed to be slightly off for most of these events and, in particular, under performed in the pole vault, discuss, and javelin compared to his season's best.

    He also ran 10.12 in the 100 this year which made his 10.35 result seem meh by comparison.He will need to a noticeable improvement in the SP, PV and JT and take advantage in his speed events if he is serious about staying on the podium next year or even Gold.

    Wish him the best but there is a young pack at his heels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lexvid View Post
    He will need to a noticeable improvement in the SP, PV and JT and take advantage in his speed events if he is serious about staying on the podium next year or even Gold.
    With a healthy Mayer, gold is out of the question, unless he does something stupid, like he did last year.
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    Warner underperformed in the discus; but his JT was OK, and his PV was better than in either of his other two decathlons this year. He's cleared 480 in decathlons a few times in previous years but 470 is a normal result for him.

    Compared to his 8711 from Götzis in May, he lost 195 points in just 3 events (the 100, the 400 and the discus); of course, his 100 in Götzis was an all-time decathlon best and understandably hard to reproduce.
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