Kaul wins decathlon gold, Johnson-Thompson reigns in heptathlon

Kaul wins decathlon gold, Johnson-Thompson reigns in heptathlon

Doha, Qatar: Niklas Kaul of Germany finished with a flourish to win the men’s decathlon gold at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha on Thursday.

The 21-year old scored 8691 points at the Khalifa International Stadium to become the youngest ever world decathlon champion.

Estonia’s Maicel Uibo took silver with a personal best 8604 points to add to his wife Shaunae Miller-Uibo’s silver in the 400m earlier in the evening, while Canadian Damian Warner took bronze with 8529 points.

Kaul was in 11th place after the 110m hurdles, but then he took control of the proceedings with stunning showing in discus throw, pole vault and javelin before finishing it off in style in 1500m.

In javelin throw, Kaul’s mark of 79.05 is the best ever effort in a World Championships decathlon.

Earlier, Katarina Johnson-Thompson of Great Britain emphatically galloped her way to heptathlon gold.

Johnson-Thompson was initially challenged by Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium, but in the end, her tally of 6981 points after finishing first in 800m heats, was a new British record and proved too good for her opponents.

Thiam took silver with 6677 points while Verena Preiner claimed bronze (6560).

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