Victor misses mark on Day 2 in Doha
Three foul discus attempts derail medal hopes in men’s Decathlon; Canada’s Damian Warner who trains in Santa Barbara during the winter earns bronze medal
Doha, Qatar (October 3, 2019) – The agony and the ecstasy of Track & Field, especially in the two-day, ten-event Decathlon with no margin for error, is no stranger to athletes competing in the sport’s combined events. At the 2019 IAAF World Championships, unfortunately for Santa Barbara Track Club’s (SBTC) Lindon Victor (GRN) his second day of competition ended in agonizing fashion with a no mark in the Discus Throw after completing six events with an eye on a podium finish. However, his tale was not unique as world record holder, Kevin Mayer (FRA) also bowed out of the competition in the Pole Vault along with American Devon Williams and three others over the course of ten events.
Up until the fateful seventh event, Victor was in fourth place having had one of his best competitions with a personal best in the Long Jump (7.51 / 24’7.75”) and season’s bests in the Shot Put (16.24m / 53’3.5”), High Jump (2.05m / 6’8.75”), 400m (48.55) as well as the 110m Hurdles (14.82).
With an Olympic Qualifying mark of 8,473pts, achieved at the Götzis Hypo-Meeting in May, Victor will now turn his attention to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo where he will be a contender for a podium finish.
Germany’s Niklas Kaul would win the World title with 8,691pts while Canada’s Damian Warner who trains in Santa Barbara during the winter months earned his fifth global podium finish with 8,529pts and a bronze medal.
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.