Mayer smashes shot put lifetime best on the road to Berlin

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World decathlon champion Kevin Mayer surpassed 16 metres for the first time in the shot put in Montpellier on Saturday

Competing in his hometown of Montpellier on Saturday (12), Kevin Mayer smashed his lifetime best in the shot put in his first competition since winning the heptathlon title at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham.

Mayer’s outright lifetime best of 15.97m dated back to the indoor season in 2016 but the Frenchman surpassed the 16m line for the first time in his career, launching the shot out to 16.17m which would equate to 862 points in a multi-events competition.

“Sixteen metres, it is good,” Mayer told L'Equipe after the competition. “These are the points I want to start scoring in the decathlon from now on.”

In heavy rain the following day, Mayer threw 45.94m in the discus.

On the road to the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships in August, Mayer will forego the prestigious Gotzis Hypo-Meeting at the end of the month but Mayer could contest the decathlon in Ratingen, Germany in June.

Reigning world and Olympic heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam from Belgium will compete in the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting where she smashed the 7000 points barrier twelve months ago.

In preparation for her title defence in Gotzis, Thiam clocked 13.77 into a strong headwind of 2.3 m/s in the 100m hurdles and threw 14.54m in the shot put at the Belgian Inter-Clubs in St. Gard on Saturday.

“I’m satisfied with that,” summed up Thiam who had to forego her last two attempts in the shot put to warm up for the 100m hurdles.