Kévin Mayer

Last updated on 13 August 2017

Kévin Mayer (born 10 February 1992 in Argenteuil) is a French decathlete. He is the current European record holder in the heptathlon, recording 6479 pts in Belgrade on March, 5th 2017. He became the Decathlon World Champion in London on August, 12th 2017.

Marathon de Toulouse - 3646 - Kevin Mayer.jpg
Marathon de Toulouse - 3646 - Kevin Mayer.jpg

Career

Mayer excelled in combined events from a young age. He won the octathlon gold medal at the 2009 World Youth Championships and the decathlon gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships.[1]

He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing 15th.[2] He won a silver medal in the heptathlon at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships with a new personal best of 6297 points.

At the 2013 European Cup Combined Events he topped the podium and set personal bests in the 100 metres (11.04 sec), long jump (7.63 m), shot put (14.95 m) and the discus throw (44.89 m).[3]

On 12 Aug 2015, Mayer announced his withdrawal from the 2015 World Championships because of a hamstring injury sustained in end July 2015.[4]

On 6 Mar 2016, Mayer announced his withdrawal from the 2016 World Indoor Championships because of an injury to his heel that was sustained when he fell during the hurdles race at the French Indoor Athletics Championships held at the end of February 2016 in Aubière.[5]

Family

His family and his German surname have their origin in the region of Lorraine in the north of France at the border to Germany. [6]

Achievements

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  France
2009 World Youth Championships Brixen, Italy 1st Octathlon 6478 pts
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 1st Decathlon 7928 pts
2011 European Junior Championships Tallinn, Estonia 1st Decathlon 8124 pts
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 15th Decathlon 7952 pts
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd Heptathlon 6297 pts
World Championships Moscow, Russia 4th Decathlon 8446 pts
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 2nd Decathlon 8521 pts
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd Decathlon 8834 pts
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 1st Heptathlon 6479 pts
2017 World Championships London, UK 1st Decathlon 8768 pts

Personal bests

Outdoor

As of August 13, 2017
Event Performance Location Date Virtual best performance
Decathlon 8,834 points Rio de Janeiro August 18, 2016 9,159 points
100 metres 10.70 London August 11, 2017 929 points
Long jump 7.65 m (25 ft 1 in) Zurich August 12, 2014 972 points
Shot put 15.76 m (51 ft 814 in) Rio de Janeiro August 17, 2016 836 points
High jump 2.09 m (6 ft 1014 in) Brussels June 30, 2012 887 points
400 metres 48.26 London August 11, 2017 897 points
110 metres hurdles 13.75 London August 12, 2017 1,007 points
Discus throw 50.13 m (164 ft 512 in) Valence May 21, 2017 873 points
Pole vault 5.40 m (17 ft 812 in) Rio de Janeiro August 18, 2016 1,035 points
Javelin throw 70.54 m (231 ft 5 in) Paris July 1, 2017 898 points
1500 metres 4:18.04 Brussels July 1, 2012 825 points
Records
Preceded by
Czech Republic Roman Šebrle
Men's heptathlon European record holder
5 March 2017 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent

References

  1. ^ Decathlon – Day Two. IAAF (2010-07-22). Retrieved on 2012-08-09.
  2. ^ "Kevin Mayer Profile". london2012.com. Archived from the original on 5 April 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  3. ^ Mayer and Tyminska win in Tallinn as France take team title – IAAF Combined Events Challenge. IAAF (2013-06-30). Retrieved on 2013-07-02.
  4. ^ "Le décathlonien Kévin Mayer forfait pour les Mondiaux de Pékin". L'Équipe. 12 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Kevin Mayer déclare forfait pour les Mondiaux en salle de Portland". FranceTVsport. 6 Mar 2016.
  6. ^ "Vice-champion olympique, Kevin Mayer a des racines à Farschviller". Le Republicain Lorrain. 21 Aug 2016.

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