Jean-Luc Duez destroys M50 world decathlon record in Lyon
Chris Bates had a hip injury but still managed to high jump 1.75 (5-9), which he thinks equals the best in a dec for his age group. “Maybe I can run better next year after surgery,” he says.
Of Jean-Luc, Chris says: “He’s in fantastic shape. …. His standout event was the 400
in 54.60, considering the 4 mps headwind we had in the homestretch. (And for the
100 and 1500 too).”
Chris also writes:
The track is very nice. I really had no complaints except the HJ and vault pits are extremely hard. The warmup tracks are nice. The problem was the constant 3-5 mps headwinds for sprints. And it will be very hot in August here. There is lots of shade around the track, however.
I didn’t visit the other venues that will be used for worlds. Everybody was very friendly and professional. It was funny, though, that they charged me 50 cents for my bib pins. They didn’t have any reader boards for the field events, but things like that may be different next year.
The restrooms are bad, and parking will be difficult for the number of competitors of a world champs. I had to walk a quarter-mile the first day. I would allow plenty of time. Lyon is a great city; this is my second time here. There’s plenty to see here and of course Provence is only 2 hours away.
Here are some photos from the meet.
A short report on the dec WR.
Italy’s Andrea Benatti also was at Lyon and posted some photos.
Andrea writes: “One official track in the stadium, another track with 3 lanes at 30 meters [near] the first. And 6 lanes straight track over 150 meters between the 2 oval tracks. An infinite park with many spaces for field events. A sort of Paradise for athletes and… every kind of sport!”