Just over a month after winning bronze in the heptathlon at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Estonia’s Maicel Uibo has established himself as a medal contender over ten events this summer.
In Athens, Georgia at the weekend, Uibo, 25, broke his decathlon personal best by 51 points as he set a world-leading mark of 8407 at the Spec Towns Invitational to show he could be in the mix at the European Championships.
It is the fourth best mark ever by an Estonian multi-eventer (the list is led by 2000 Olympic champion Erki Nool with 8815 points) and such a score would have brought him fourth at last summer’s IAAF World Championships in London and fifth on the 2017 European lists.
He did not finish in London but will now head to Berlin knowing a medal is there for the taking if he repeats this type of performance.
Though he did not break any individual personal bests, he recorded a series of consistent scores. “I am happy. I was able to achieve quite good results but technically, I am more rough,” he said after the competition.
If that means room for improvement, then a podium could await in August when Berlin co-hosts the inaugural multi-sports European Championships with Glasgow.
Uibo’s individual marks were: 100m (11.12), long jump (7.42m), shot put (14.71m), high jump (2.13m), 400m (50.29), 110m hurdles (14.97), discus (47.83m), pole vault (5.17m) javelin (64.42m) and 1500m (4.34.63).