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Athletics: Decathlete Kaul on track at halftime of European Championships – Skotheim leads

Athletics: Decathlete Kaul on track at halftime of European Championships – Skotheim leads

Before the second day of the European Championship decathlon, Manuel Eitel is the best of the four Germans. Defending champion Niklas Kaul is still outside the top ten. It was similar before.

Defending champion Niklas Kaul goes into the second day of the decathlon at the European Athletics Championships in Rome with a chance of a top placing. The 26-year-old from Mainz is in 13th place after five disciplines with 4,139 points. On Tuesday, Kaul can still play to his strengths and work his way forward, as he did in his European Championship triumph two years ago in Munich. For him, it is the first complete decathlon of the Olympic season.

Kaul himself, however, was skeptical about the chances of catching up and winning a medal: “We’ll have to wait and see,” he said on ZDF, pointing to the strong competition: “It’s going to be pretty close. They’re so far ahead that it’s going to be difficult to win a medal.”

Eitel the best German

Of the German quartet, Manuel Eitel is in sixth place on Monday. After the 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meters, the Ulm native has collected 4,269 points. Felix Wolter follows in seventh place with 4,259 points, Tim Nowak is 15th with 4,087 points.

At halftime, Norwegian Sander Skotheim is in the lead with 4,566 points. Kaul still has a chance of a top spot. When he won the World Championship in 2019 in Doha, the man from Mainz had 4,164 points in the interim ranking after the first day and was in eleventh place at the time.

Source: Stern

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