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Olympics: fifth in the decathlon after a day, Kevin Mayer is still aiming for a medal


The world record holder in the decathlon suffered, cried, clenched his teeth, screamed. And made an appointment. He is in 5th place in a competition dominated by the Canadian Warner and believes in a crazy second day.

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The first day of the decathlon will have exposed Kevin Mayer to the violence of feelings.

Shot down after the first three events (10 sec 68 in the 100 m; 7.50 m length; 15.07 m weight), the world record holder shared his pain at the microphone of

France Télévisions

by letting the tears flow ("

J 've very little feeling, very little pleasure, but I think I can go for a medal even like that. I do decathlon because I like the sensations, I don't have one in one of the biggest events "You with my life, it's very frustrating.

" Relaunched by a superb competition in height (2.08 m), he screamed his satisfaction before closing this trying first with a 400 m of some sort (50 sec 31).

For once, he agreed to take anti-inflammatory drugs

At the microphone of RFI, he summed up this crazy day during which he almost capsized: “

It was tears of complete frustration and with the staff we found the solution to relax my back a little. I never take anti-inflammatories so it has fantastic effects on me when I take it every five years, we shot that wild card, I hardly feel anything anymore because of it. I know that when I'm going to stop taking it at the end of the decathlon, I'll be completely soft, but if there is a time to get laid, it's now. It hurts but I can express myself.


The high jump provided striking proof: “

I had not passed 2.08 m since 2017. Long before, I had pain in my knee and there, I jumped painlessly, it was a cry. of happiness.

When I said to take pleasure in the sensations.

I'm not here for the money, not here for the medals, I'm here to feel amazing things.

And there, at the height, it was the case.

Regarding the conditions, I am satisfied with my high jump.

Unfortunately between the height and the 400 there was not much time.

As soon as I made my first start in the 400 warm-up, I felt a calf cramp, so I didn't dare to leave.

It's a shame, I'm wasting a lot of time with this time ...


The Olympic title difficult to get now

Before going to digest the emotions of a chameleon day, Kevin Mayer said he wanted to turn with ambition to the second part of the decathlon. He is far (382 points) from the leader, the Canadian Damian Warner (also preceded by the Australian Moloney, the Canadian Lepage and the American Bastien). But he assures a little perk: “

Everything is open. The height put me back in the decathlon. My 400 put me down a bit. It's not a crazy first day. Tomorrow (Thursday) is my biggest day compared to the others. Everything is possible. Warner has a lot of head start but people know me, I'm not here to pick blueberries, as usual, I'm going to stretch my guts out on the track and we'll see…

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-08-04

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