Victor Earns Silver at Prestigious Hypo-Meeting & Olympic A Standard
Grenadian Olympian and NCAA Decathlon record holder scores 8,473pts; sets two event personal bests and is currently ranked #2 in the world
Götzis, Austria (May 26, 2019) – In a small Austrian town, not unlike the setting in which the Santa Barbara Track Club (SBTC) trains every day at Westmont College, Lindon Victor (GRN) earned the silver medal with 8,473pts at the prestigious 45th Hypo-Meeting. Victor’s score in the 2-day, 10-event competition bringing together the world’s greatest Decathletes, only trailed Canada’s Damian Warner’s 8,711pts. Warner, a 2016 Olympic bronze medalist also trains in Santa Barbara in the Winter and Spring. Warner and Victor are currently ranked #1 and #2 in the world this year and both achieved 2020 Olympic A standards, along with Maicel Uibo (EST) who was the event’s bronze medalist with 8,353pts.
Victor set the tone on Day 1 by setting personal bests in his first two events–10.56 in the 100m and a leap of 7.43m / 24’4.5” in the Long Jump. He would also win the Shot Put with a toss of 16.02m / 52’6.75”, finishing Day 1 with 4,385pts and a tie for third. On Day 2, he put together a string of consistent events, including a win in the Discus with a throw of 54.03m / 177’3. Victor’s two-day score of 8,473pts was his second highest and best since 2017 when he set the NCAA Decathlon record of 8,539pts at the SEC Championships for Texas A&M.
Also competing for SBTC was Tim Ehrhardt (USA), who made his first appearance at the Hypo-Meeting. While he would win the Pole Vault with a clearance of 5.30m / 17’4.5” he pulled out of the final event, the 1500m, with an injury.
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.
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Congrats to @lindon_victor 🇬🇩 Silver at #hypomeeting. Lindon nabbed two PBs en route to 8,473pts. Lindon ranked #2 in world behind #Gotzis2019 champ @damian.warner ’s🇨🇦 8,711pts. Damian also spent time training in SB this winter/spring 🙌🏽 What an event, with incredible crowds and hospitality 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 #iaaf #combinedevents #decathlon #trackandfield