Lindon Victor Set for IAAF World Championships
Victor enters the competition with the sixth best personal mark and is fresh off of a Pan American Games silver medal; ten-event Decathlon begins on Wednesday, October 1 and concludes on Thursday, October 2
Doha, Qatar (September 26, 2019) – The IAAF World Championships kick off Friday and Santa Barbara Track Club’s (SBTC) Lindon Victor (GRN) is set to compete with the world’s best in the two-day, ten-event Decathlon. Fresh off a silver medal at the Pan American Games, the NCAA Decathlon record holder has the third best mark of 2019 with his 8,473pt score achieved at the Götzis Hypo-Meeting in May, while his 8,539pts personal best is ranked sixth in the field. The Decathlon competition will begin on Wednesday, October 2.
IAAF World Championship Website: https://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-championships
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LetsRun.com Championships Central: https://www.letsrun.com/events/2019-iaaf-world-track-and-field-championships-doha/
Pathway to the Podium
All eyes will be on newly crowned ‘World’s Greatest Athlete’, Kevin Mayer (FRA) who shattered the Decathlon world record in 2018 with 9,126pts, eclipsing the now retired Ashton Eaton’s (USA) 9,045pts. Mayer is the defending World Champion and the 2016 Olympic silver medalist. Damian Warner (CAN) is the second ranked athlete in the competition with a 8,795 personal best and recently earned the Pan American Games title outlasting Victor in Lima, Peru earlier this year. Warner earned the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games behind Mayer and the two athletes are favorites for the gold and silver medals respectively in Doha.
Victor’s path to the podium is equally reliant on his speed and strength. He has set personal bests in 2019 in the 100m, Long Jump, Discus and Pole Vault, but Victor can set himself apart from the others in the Shot Put, Discus and Javelin Throws as one of the best throwing Decathletes in the field.
Decathlon time schedule as well as Lindon’s personal best marks are as follows:
Day 1: Wednesday, October 2
100m – 6:35am PT; Heat 3 (10.56 +1.1wind (2019) – 961pts)
Long Jump – 7:30am PT; Group B (7.43 / 24’4.5” (2019) – 918pts)
Shot Put – 8:50am PT; Group A (16.52 / 54’2.5” (2017) – 883pts)
High Jump – 10:40am PT; Group B (2.09m / 6’10.25” (2017) – 887pts)
400m – 1:15pm PT; Heat 2 (48.24 (2017) – 898pts)
Day 2: Thursday, October 3
110m Hurdles – 6:30am PT; Heat 1 (14.45 +1.8 (2017) – 917pts)
Discus Throw – 7:30am PT; Group B (55.87 / 183’3” (2019) – 993pts)
Pole Vault – 9:05am PT; Group B (4.90m / 16’0.75” (2019) – 880pts)
Javelin Throw – 12:05am PT; Group B (71.23 / 233’8” (2014) – 908pts)
1500m – 2:25pm PT (4:43.81 (2016) – 656pts)
Pathway to the Podium Runs through Santa Barbara
Along with SBTC’s Victor, both Mayer and Warner, along with a handful of other athletes from around the world, including Pierce LePage (CAN) and Keisuki Ushiro (JPN) have spent time training in Santa Barbara at Westmont College alongside the SBTC.
About the Santa Barbara Track Club
The Santa Barbara Track Club (SBTC) hosted at Westmont College aims to provide a pathway to the podium for athletes of all ages and abilities. The SBTC is comprised of Olympic and aspiring Olympic Track & Field athletes, a Youth Track Club as well as community members seeking to reach their highest potential through group and private training.