Paris Diaries: Kevin Mayer, on the decathlon


Kevin Mayer is France's finest decathlete. In 2014, Kevin took the silver in the European championships, and in 2016, Mr. Mayer took the silver in Rio in the decathlon, behind only Ashton Eaton.

Mayer_KevinDisR-Rio16.jpgKevin Mayer, discus at Rio Decathlon, Photo by

In 2017, I watched Kevin Mayer set the European record for the heptathlon while winning the European title at Belgrade, one of his finest performances. This improved on his silver medal in Gothenburg in 2013.

Mayer is healthy, having just completed a 20 day training plan, and will be competing in a triathlon event (javelin, long jump). Kevin Mayer has had some injury issues, so his javelin will be with a short run up.

Kevin Mayer is a tremendously talented athlete. I believe he should be the next man at the top of the global decathlon rankings.

Enjoy the interview I did off my iphone at the Paris DL meeting. The interview series at Paris is one of the finest in the world. Ten to twelve fifteen to thirty minute interviews with some of the finest sports writers in the world. I just love breathing in the drama.

Kevin Mayer is focused on the London 2017 decathlon. Here are his quotes for the media:

« Having a triathlon in a Diamond League meeting is a very good idea. I support it. It helps to show combined events to the public. And, in the same time, it helps us to prepare the main championships and to work on transition without doing a complete decathlon. So, it's obviously a good thing. But we have to remember that triathlon is not a real event, it has to stay only a good way to prepare and t attract the public. I'm in a good shape, I worked a lot for the past week weeks. I hope the MEETING de PARIS will reflect all this hard work. But I've been injured. So, I will probably throw the javelin on a short run up. »

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