Felix in 8th Midway Through Decathlon
Aug. 17, 2016

Day 1 Decathlon Results | Watch Tomorrow

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil –
Kurt Felix started out strong on the first day of the decathlon on Wednesday at the Olympic Games, tallying 4,290 points to place him in eighth at the conclusion of the first five events. Representing Grenada, Felix and his fellow 31 decathletes competed in the 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m.

Felix got off to a solid start in the 100m, clocking a season-best time of 10.93 to earn 876 points for 19th place. He won his opening heat by a sizeable margin, but the heats got increasingly faster as the morning progressed.

He followed it up with a 24-4.25 (7.42m) in the long jump, good for 915 points and 13th place in the event. The Grenadian scratched on his first and third jumps, but came up with a nice effort on his second to produce his highest single-event point total of the day.

Felix then enjoyed a season-best effort in the shot put, notching a mark of 48-5.5 (14.77m). The performance was ninth in the field and racked up 776 points. After three events, Felix found himself in eighth place with 2,567 points.

The decathletes took an afternoon break before the evening session, and Felix carried his momentum from the morning into the high jump. His final cleared height was 6-9.5 (2.07m), just narrowly missing on 2.10m in his last three attempts. He took eighth place and earned 868 points.

He wrapped up the day with the 400m, running a 49.14 to take 16th (855 points), giving him a total of 4,290 points. The current leader is the 2012 Olympic Decathlon Champion, the United States’ Ashton Eaton with 4,621 points.

Felix will begin with the 110m hurdles at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. That will be followed by the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500m. To watch Felix tomorrow, click HERE.


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