Niklas Kaul injured his foot in the Olympic decathlon.
The world champion does not give up despite the pain, but has to be transported in a wheelchair.
Tokyo - He was considered one of the great Olympic * hopes of the German team in Tokyo, now the dream of gold * has dramatically burst.
World champion Niklas Kaul has to give up in the middle of the decathlon * due to an injury.
A foot injury makes it impossible to continue the competition.
Kaul had to leave the Olympic Stadium in a wheelchair with tears in his eyes.
Olympia: Injury shock in the decathlon - world champion Niklas Kaul transported away in a wheelchair
Due to a foot injury, the 23-year-old had to give up in the final 400 m run about halfway through the race, he rolled on the ground and was then driven out of the stadium in a wheelchair.
Particularly bitter: The Mainz man was on course for medals with personal bests.
Before leaving, Kaul had shown a strong performance, he was on course for his best performance, heading for over 8700 points.
After 11.22 seconds over 100 m, 7.36 m in the long jump and 14.55 m with the ball, Kaul achieved a personal best in the high jump * with 2.11 m - but it was during the jump that he injured his right foot.
Then Kaul limped out of the stadium with a bloody sock.
Team doctor Andrew Lichtenthal treated him under high pressure, he ran off again with a thick bandage - but the pain was too great in the end.
Olympia: Next injury drama in the decathlon - German hope for a medal in the heptathlon
In the decathlon everything comes down to a thrilling duel between Damian Warner (Canada) and world record holder Kevin Mayer (France). After the first day Warner is in the lead with 4722 points, Mayer is currently fifth with 4340 points. Both Warner and Mayer are heading for a result of around 8900 points after half-time. Kai Kazmirek (LG Rhein-Wied) is 13th with 4251 points. Before Kaul, another decathlete had to be transported away with a serious injury.
In the women's heptathlon, however, Kaul's training colleague Carolin Schäfer (Frankfurt) can flirt with a medal.
After four disciplines, the 2017 runner-up is in seventh place with 3801 points, and third place is possible for the 29-year-old - especially since Katarina Johnson-Thompson (Great Britain), who was also favorite, has left.
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