PR – Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Culture, Hon. Ron Redhead has congratulated Lindon Victor on his dominance in the men’s decathlon at the Decastar, in Talence, France.
Victor, who is also the Commonwealth champion, broke his Grenadian record, scoring 8550 points to win the decathlon at the Decastar meeting in Talence on Sunday, winning the overall men’s title in the World Athletics Combined Events Tour.
“Heartiest congratulations to Lindon Victor for winning the overall men’s title in the World Athletics Combined Events Tour on Sunday”, Minister Redhead said.
Hailing the decathlete’s victory, Minister Ron Redhead said Grenada is “elated by Lindon’s wonderful performance”, and added that every Grenadian will continue to feel proud of him.
Victor contested his fourth decathlon of the year, having finished second in Götzis and fifth at the World Championships before his triumph at the Commonwealth Games. Still, he showed little fatigue in Talence at this late season stage.
The 29-year-old opened his campaign with a wind-assisted 10.61 in the 100m, finishing second to Germany’s Manuel Eitel with 10.44.
In the shot put, Victor launched ahead thanks to a 15.75m throw, almost a meter farther than any of his rivals.
Victor ended day one with a win in his 400m heat, clocking a PB of 48.20 for the day’s third-quickest time behind Germany’s Malik Diakite (47.74) and Gaio (48.19), giving him an overnight score of 4438 and a 128-point lead over Gaio.
Victor’s strong series continued Sunday, starting with a 14.70 run in the 110m hurdles, just a few hundredths shy of his season’s best.
But Victor responded in the next event, throwing 51.00m –day’s best mark – in the discus to regain the lead.
He equalled his 4.80m season’s best in the pole vault and followed it with a 66.01m throw in the javelin, another intense event for the Grenadian, giving him a lead of almost 400 points going into the final event.