Injured knee and Achilles tendon, the French world record holder, Kevin Mayer in the decathlon had to throw in the towel Wednesday 3rd October 2019 during the world athletics in Doha.
Terrible disillusionment for Kevin Mayer. Injured, the world record holder left Thursday 3rd October 2019 the decathlon of the Doha World Championships which he was the title holder.
Mayer, hit in the right knee and left Achilles tendon, was unable to jump on the pole and left the stadium in tears.
Third and still largely in the race for the title win after the first 5 races on Wednesday, Mayer felt Achilles tendon pain in the 110m hurdles, the first round of the second day, which he finished limping in 13 sec 87.
He then managed to throw the disc (48.34m in his 2nd try) before being unable to pass a bar at 4.60m at the pole while he was leading the decathlon. After two tries, Mayer preferred to give up, in tears.
TERRIBLE IMAGE ! Kevin Mayer qui souffre des ischio-jambiers ne parvient pas à franchir une barre à l’épreuve du saut à la perche vaincu par son corps 😪
— France tv sport (@francetvsport) October 3, 2019
— AFP Sports (@AFPSport) October 3, 2019
Only chance of gold medal for France
This is a huge blow for the Blues, Mayer, crowned World Cup in 2017 and grandissime favourite to his own succession, being the only chance of gold medal of the French delegation by the end of the competition.
😢 Énorme coup dur !
🇫🇷 Kevin Mayer est contraint de mettre un terme à son décathlon. Touché à la jambe gauche, il n’est pas en état de courir et d’effectuer le moindre saut à la perche. Il salue le public en pleurs.
👊 Courage champion.
— FFA (@FFAthletisme) October 3, 2019
This is Mayer’s second consecutive disillusionment in a big league after his nil at Euro-2018, which prevented him from winning the continental title in Berlin.