Felix Takes 9th in Decathlon
Aug. 18, 2016

Final Results

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil –
Kurt Felix wrapped up the decathlon at the Olympic Games Thursday evening in Rio de Jaeniro, Brazil, and the Grenadian finished in ninth place thanks to a career-best 8,323 points. Felix’s performance in the javelin was the highlight of the top-10 finish, as he recorded a 229-4 (69.92m) for second place in the event.

He started the day on the 110m hurdles and opened with a 14.79, good for 769 points. The time was a season best for Felix and the 18th-fastest time in the field.

Felix and the rest of the decathletes then moved to the brunt of the field events. The seventh event brought the discus, and he enjoyed a throw of 147-11 (45.10m) to take ninth place in the event, giving him 769 points.

The pole vault came next and he managed to clear 14-9 (4.50m) for 760 points, his lowest single-event output of the day. Despite the setback and slipping into 12th place in the overall standings, Felix capitalized on the next two events and catapulted himself back into the top 10.

The Grenadian came into his best event, the javelin, and quickly made up ground with his 229-4 (69.92m) to tally a whopping 888 points. That performance alone made up three spots and put him back into ninth place in the overall standings.

He concluded the decathlon with the 1,500m, saving his best for last. He crossed the line in 4:30.53 for a career-best time, solidifying his finish.

The United States’ Ashton Eaton won the title with 8,893 points. Felix’s half-brother and fellow Grenadian, Lindon Victor, took 16th (7,998 points).


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