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The heptathlon in Doha was one of the finest competitions in recent memory.

The battle featured the Olympic, World and European Champion (Nafi Thiam) vs Katerina Johnson-Thompson, 2018 European silver medalist, 2018 World Indoor Champion. This was an event by event battle. The quality of the athletes is such that one error and a medal is gone.

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Johnson-Thompson won 4 of 7 events. Her 2:07.26 was gutty and focused, giving her the gold medal. Nafi Thiam did not compete well, she had several sub par performances. In many of her past performances, Johnson-Thompson had a sub par event in her heptathlons. That was not the case in Doha.

Verena Preiner of Austria had a brilliant performance, taking the bronze in Doha.

The presser was exciting, and questions fun and answers complete.

Special thanks to the Shoe Addicts' Adam Johnson Eder on filming and Mike Deering on production.

The decathlon is two days of battling the elements, the events, emotions, and your body. The long time coach of Ashton Eaton is Harry Marra. Harry told me that the decathlon has ten ways to get injured. The 1968 Olympic gold medalist, Bill Toomey once told the media that the decathlon is ten ways to make mistakes.

At the end of day one, Damien Warner of Canada lead, with 4,513 points. In second, Pierce LaPage, CAN hit 4,486. Three points separated 2nd and 3rd, as Kevin Mayer had a score of 4,483.

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In sixth place was Maicel Uibo, of Estonia, (4,317), and in 11th, Niklas Kaul, Germany, hit a score of 4,164.

Day 2 was nuts. Kevin Mayer hurt himself in the discus, then could not finish the pole vault. Damien Warner slowly began to disintegrate on day 2, as his lead went away and he found himself in the bronze medal position. Maicel Uibo, using a huge 5.40m pole vault, moved into the silver position. But it was youngster Niklaus Kaul, the young German decathlete, had won the discus (49.34m) and vaulted 5.00m. But, Kaul's javelin, a huge 79.05m, put him in gold medal contention. His 4:15.70 in the 1,500m gave him the gold, and Maicel Uibo followed in silver with Damian Warner in bronze.

The presser is amazing. Warner and Uibo give an exhilerating description of how to sell the decathlon. The final part of the presser had NIklaus Kaul speaking about his competition.

When Niklaus Kaul was asked who his hero was, he pointed to the back of the presser. Sitting there was Ashton Eaton and his wife, Brianne Theisen Eaton.

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unnamed-5.jpg220th World Athletics Council, photo by Phillipe Fitte

Each year, at the end of year Gala and at major championships and events, the World Council meets to discus governance of the sport. I try and read all of the council notes, as I would like to see what the Council sees as important.

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The word about the Continental Tour began in Doha, and it was announced this past week in Monaco. The full release was below...

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Well, just found this release, and it is important. The change in branding continues with the IAAF moving to World Athletics. Please check out the new site, which seems to be launching over time. r

The second day of Doha WC was hot. How hot? When one left the confines of the air conditioned Uber, to walk the mile to get into the Khalifa Stadium. The first night was horrific as my heart meds took the exact moment to give me a bit of dizziness.

20190928_202644.jpgThe focus, Day 2, Doha, Qatar, Medal Presser, by Adam Johnson Eder/The Shoe Addicts

Getting into the stadium, the exactness of the air conditioning was disconcerting. The power of the A/C was overwhelming, as we took water, as often as possible. Adam, my son, and I went to our seats, as David Hunter, a RunBlogRun senior editor, kept us up to date.

Each sessions, 4 pm to just about 11 pm, followed by 3-6 medal pressers. Watch for the pressers upcoming. This is the podcast review of Day 2, September 27, 2019.

Thanks to Adam Johnson Eder, Victah Sailer on pictures, Mike Deering on production and editing. All podcasts, Days 1-9, recorded at RunBlogRun Studios (temp) in Doha, Qatar. Special thanks to the Intercontinental Hotel, Doha by the the Beach on their accoustics, taboulleh, Perrier, and awesome wifi!


The WPC just began in Dubai, UAE on 7 November, photo by Getty Images ?IPC


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