Reigning world decathlon champion and 2019 European Athletics Rising Star winner Niklas Kaul from Germany will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.
After taking part in the Ultimate Garden Challenge against Kevin Mayer and Maicel Uibo in June, Kaul made a promising official season’s opener last weekend when he threw 46.91m in the discus in a local meeting in Heidesheim but the Mainz-based decathlete has since undergone surgery on his throwing arm. This will rule him out for the rest of the season.
He posted on his Instagram account: “To restore the stability of the elbow, I decided to have an operation, which is why I had an operation on my arm yesterday. I am fine so far, the operation went without any incident and from tomorrow I will start my rehab on my #roadtotokyo2021."
Kaul’s problems with his elbow in recent years have been well-documented. His throwing arm seemed to be working at its full capacity again last year as he approached the 80 metre-line in the javelin but he said he suffered another setback when throwing the javelin in training in May.
Kaul’s javelin propelled him into gold medal contention at both the Gavle 2019 European Athletics U23 Championships and the World Athletics Championships in Doha last year when he became the youngest ever winner of the world decathlon title at 21.
Not only was Kaul crowned men’s Rising Star at the Golden Tracks award ceremony in Tallinn last October, Kaul was also named German Athlete of the Year on the men’s side across all sports.