Felix in 12th After First Day of Olympic Decathlon

LONDON - Former Boise State track and field athlete Kurt Felix began his 2012 Olympic journey today (Aug. 8), competing for his home country of Grenada in day one of the decathlon at Olympic Stadium in London. Felix ended the day in 12th-place out of 31 competitors with a day one total of 4,142-points.

The 2012 Boise State graduate opened his day with the 100-meter dash, clocking a time of 11.12-seconds to place fourth in his heat. His efforts were good for 23rd-place overall.

Felix, the 2012 NCAA decathlon champion, made a leap in the overall standings after the day's second event, the long jump. Felix earned a third-place finish in the event after a respectable final jump of 25'-0.50" (7.63m) in the competition, bumping him to ninth in the decathlon standings.

Moving on to the shot put Felix waivered a bit, falling to 16th-place in the overall standings. He recorded his best throw of the day, 43'-7" (13.28m), on his second attempt, good for 28th in the event.

Redemption came in the fourth event of the day where Felix climbed back to the ninth-place spot overall. He tied for fifth-place in the high jump after clearing 6'-8.75" (2.05m) on his second attempt at the height. He had three narrow misses at 6'-9.75" (2.08m) which would have earned him the runner-up title in the event.

In the fifth and final event of the day, Felix placed eighth in the second heat of the 400-meter dash, running a 50.17-second race. He finished 22nd overall in the event and dropped three spots to 12th overall.

Felix and a field of 28 remaining competitors are set to begin the second day of competition tomorrow, Aug. 9. They will compete in the 110-meter hurdles (2:00 a.m. Mountain Time), discus throw (2:55 a.m. MT), pole vault (5:55 a.m. MT), javelin (11:30 a.m. MT) and the 1500-meters (2:20 p.m. MT) to finish out the 10-event competition.

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