Kevin Mayer at the 2018 World Indoor Championships
|Born||10 February 1992|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (187 lb)|
|Club||EA Rhône Vercors 26-07|
|Coached by||Bertrand Valcin|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||Decathlon: 9126 (WR)|
Heptathlon: 6479 (AR)
Kevin Mayer (French: [kevin majɛʁ], [mejɛʁ] or [majœr], born 10 February 1992) is a French athlete. He is the world champion (2017), Olympic silver medalist (2016 Rio de Janeiro) and world record holder in Decathlon.
- 1 Career
- 1.1 2008–2010: Youth career: gold medals at Youth (under-18) and Junior (under-20) World Championships
- 1.2 2011–2012: Gold medal at the Junior (under-20) European Championships and first Olympic Games
- 1.3 2013–2015: First senior medals at back-to-back European Championships, fourth place at the 2013 World Championships
- 1.4 2016: Second place at the Götzis Hypo-Meeting and Olympic silver medal, new personal best
- 1.5 2017: European Indoor Champion and World Champion
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Achievements
- 4 Personal bests
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
2008–2010: Youth career: gold medals at Youth (under-18) and Junior (under-20) World Championships
2011–2012: Gold medal at the Junior (under-20) European Championships and first Olympic Games
2013–2015: First senior medals at back-to-back European Championships, fourth place at the 2013 World Championships
He won a silver medal in the heptathlon at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships with a new personal best of 6297 points. At the 2013 European Cup Combined Events he topped the podium and set personal bests in the 100 metres (11.04 sec), long jump (7.63 m), shot put (14.95 m) and the discus throw (44.89 m).
2016: Second place at the Götzis Hypo-Meeting and Olympic silver medal, new personal best
On 6 March 2016, Mayer announced his withdrawal from the 2016 World Indoor Championships because of a heel injury sustained during the hurdles race at the French Indoor Athletics Championships held at the end of February in Aubière.
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mayer earned a silver medal with a new personal best of 8834 points, finish behind only two-time gold medallist and world record holder Ashton Eaton. Highlights of his campaign include equalling or improving personal outdoor bests in four events (100 m, shot put, 400 m, pole vault) and performing seasonal bests in three others (long jump, high jump, 1500 m); he was also the best decathlete in two disciplines (the shot put, with 15.76 m and 836 points; and the pole vault, with 5.40 m and 1035 points, sharing first place with Thomas van der Plaetsen) and lead the standings at the end of the first day of the competition (i.e. after 5 out of 10 events). Furthermore, this performance ranks as the sixth-best personal best score in the men's decathlon, and showed a marked improvement in form for Mayer, bettering his former personal best of 8521 points (set during the aforementioned silver medal run at the 2014 European Athletics Championships) by 313 points and the French national record by 260 points.
2017: European Indoor Champion and World Champion
In the run up to the 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships, Mayer's first combined events competition of the year was an indoor track and field triathlon (60m hurdles, shot put, long jump) at the National Indoor Meeting of Paris on 8 February. Mayer didn't receive a score in the 60m hurdles, but finished first in the other two events against the other two remaining participants, Bastien Auzeil and Gaël Querin. Nevertheless, he finished last (out of three), with 1652 points. His first heptathlon was at the French Elite Indoor Championships in Bordeaux (organized by the French Athletics Federation) on 18–19 February. While Mayer didn't get marks in the long jump, but finished in first place in the other five events in participated in. He decided not to participate in the final 1,000 metres and therefore finished the heptathlon without a score.
At the 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade on 4–5 March, his first international competition of the year, Mayer won the gold medal in the men's heptathlon with a new European record (6479 points), beating Jorge Ureña (silver, 6227 points) and Adam Helcelet (bronze, 6110 points). He achieved three indoor personal bests (in the long jump, 60m hurdles, and the pole vault) and finished third or best in six out of seven events (except the 1000m, where he finished fourth) and established personal indoor records in five (all but the shot put and the 1000m). This score is also the second-best personal record score for a men's indoor heptathlon (behind Ashton Eaton's world record of 6645 points); Mayer beat the previous European indoor record, set by Roman Šebrle at the 2004 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest, by 41 points.
On 15 April, he had his first outdoor competition at a triathlon (200m, high jump, discus throw) in L'Étang-Salé, Réunion. Mayer won all three events, finishing in first place with 2642 points. Back in Europe, Mayer took part in his first decathlon of the year in his adopted hometown of Montpellier on 13–14 May. Despite not scoring a valid mark in two events in the first day, the long jump and the high jump, Mayer achieved a season best mark in the discus and the shot put. Afterwards, Mayer attended events in Valence and Paris over the next month and a half to prepare some disciplines for the summer season. He then took part in his last competition before the World Championships, the French Elite Outdoor Championships in Marseille, whose men's decathlon competition took place on 14–15 July. Mayer struggled with the rainy and windy conditions and the conditions of the track, eventually not finishing the competition after a few no marks.
At the 2017 World Championships in Athletics in London, Mayer completed his first decathlon of the year and won his first World Championships gold medal with a world-leading score of 8768 points, ahead of Germans Rico Freimuth (silver, 8564 points) and Kai Kazmirek (bronze, 8488 points); this was also France's first international gold medal in the decathlon. Despite not coming first in any specific discipline, Mayer achieved new personal bests in the 100 metres (10.70s, 929 points), 400 metres (48.28s, 897 points), and the 110 metres hurdles (13.75, 1007 points). A setback in the pole vault – where he cleared his only mark at 5.10m only at the third and last try – 30 cm below his personal record – prevented him from breaking his personal record.
Mayer was born on 10 February 1992 in Argenteuil, a city and commune in the northwest suburbs of Paris, to André and Carole Mayer. His paternal family and German surname have their origin in the northeastern region of Lorraine,[a] where his father grew up; some of his relatives still live in the Moselle department next to the border with Germany. He has three brothers: Thibault, Thomas and Sébastien; the family was raised in La Roche-de-Glun, a small town by the Rhône river in the southeast of the country (Drôme department), where his parents still live.
Mayer started practicing athletics at the sports association EA Tain-Tournon close to his hometown; after the club's merger with two other Drôme-based athletics associations in 2013, Mayer continued representing it through the new institution, EA Rhône Vercors 26-07. He trains at the CREPS Montpellier, a training center for high-performance athletes, since 2008; ever since moving to Montpellier, he has been coached by Bertrand Valcin. He studied for a fr:Diplôme universitaire de technologie en mesures physiques (a technological degree in physical measurements, including metrology and instrumentation) at the University of Montpellier-Sète.
Performance in major international events
|2009||World Youth Championships||Brixen, Italy||1st||Octathlon||6478 pts|
|2010||World Junior Championships||Moncton, Canada||1st||Decathlon||7928 pts|
|2011||European Junior Championships||Tallinn, Estonia||1st||Decathlon||8124 pts|
|2012||Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||15th||Decathlon||7952 pts|
|2013||European Indoor Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||2nd||Heptathlon||6297 pts|
|World Championships||Moscow, Russia||4th||Decathlon||8446 pts|
|2014||European Championships||Zürich, Switzerland||2nd||Decathlon||8521 pts|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||2nd||Decathlon||8834 pts|
|2017||European Indoor Championships||Belgrade, Serbia||1st||Heptathlon||6479 pts|
|World Championships||London, United Kingdom||1st||Decathlon||8768 pts|
|2018||World Indoor Championships||Birmingham, United Kingdom||1st||Heptathlon||6348 pts|
|European Championships||Berlin, Germany||–||Decathlon||DNF|
Best results in combined events
List of senior decathlons with results over 8000 points
- As of 13 August 2017
|2012||Côte d'Azur Combined Events Regional Championships||Cannes-La Bocca, France||1st||8091|
|Brussels Meeting||Brussels, Belgium||1st||8447|
|2013||European Cup Combined Events – Super League||Tallinn, Estonia||1st||8390|
|World Championships||Moscow, Russia||4th||8446|
|European Championships||Zürich, Switzerland||2nd||8521|
|2015||Arona Combined Events Meeting||Arona, Spain||1st||8469 (MR)|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||2nd||8834 (NR)|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||1st||8768|
|2018||2018 Decastar Meeting||Talence, France||1st||9126 (WR)|
List of senior heptathlons with results over 5800 points
- As of 5 March 2017
|2013||French Indoor Championships||Aubière, France||2nd||5983|
|European Indoor Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||2nd||6297|
|2017||European Indoor Championships||Belgrade, Serbia||1st||6479 (AR)|
- As of 16 September 2018
|Event||Performance||Location||Date||Virtual best performance|
|Decathlon||9126 points||Talence, France||16 September 2018||9328 points|
|100 metres||10.55||Talence, France||15 September 2018||963 points|
|Long jump||7.80 m (25 ft 7 in)||Talence, France||15 September 2018||1010 points|
|Shot put||16.51 m (54 ft 2 in)||Paris, France||30 June 2018||883 points|
|High jump||2.09 m (6 ft 10 1⁄4 in)||Brussels, Belgium||30 June 2012||887 points|
|400 metres||48.26||London, United Kingdom||11 August 2017||897 points|
|110 metres hurdles||13.71||Paris, France||30 June 2018||1012 points|
|Discus throw||50.54 m (165 ft 9 3⁄4 in)||Talence, France||16 September 2018||882 points|
|Pole vault||5.45 m (17 ft 10 1⁄2 in)||Talence, France||16 September 2018||1051 points|
|Javelin throw||71.90 m (235 ft 10 1⁄2 in)||Talence, France||16 September 2018||918 points|
|1500 metres||4:18.04||Brussels, Belgium||1 July 2012||825 points|
- As of 5 March 2017
|Event||Performance||Location||Date||Virtual best performance|
|Heptathlon||6479 points[b]||Belgrade, Serbia||5 March 2017||6656 points|
|60 metres||6.85||Birmingham, United Kingdom||2 March 2018||936 points|
|Long jump||7.54 m (24 ft 8 3⁄4 in)||Belgrade, Serbia||4 March 2017||945 points|
|Shot put||15.97 m (52 ft 4 1⁄2 in)||Aubière, France||27 February 2016||849 points|
|High jump||2.10 m (6 ft 10 1⁄2 in)||Belgrade, Serbia / Aubière, France||4 March 2017 / 13 February 2010||887 points|
|60 metres hurdles||7.79||Paris, France||7 February 2018||1035 points|
|Pole vault||5.60 m (18 ft 4 1⁄4 in)||Rouen, France||2 February 2018||1100 points|
|1000 metres||2:37.30||Gothenburg, Sweden||3 March 2013||904 points|
- Replay TV – France. "ÉNORME GAFFE DE KEVIN MAYER!". YouTube. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- France 2. "Le nouveau champion du monde du décathlon Kévin Mayer invité du JT de 13h de France 2". YouTube. Frédérick Moulin. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- "Octathlon Boys Results – 2009 World Youth Championships". IAAF. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Decathlon – Day Two". IAAF. 22 July 2010. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012.
- "Kevin Mayer Profile". london2012.com. Archived from the original on 5 April 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
- "Mayer and Tyminska win in Tallinn as France take team title – IAAF Combined Events Challenge". IAAF. 30 June 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
- "Le décathlonien Kévin Mayer forfait pour les Mondiaux de Pékin" (in French). L'Équipe. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
- Tazé-Bernard, Thierry (6 March 2016). "Kevin Mayer déclare forfait pour les Mondiaux en salle de Portland" (in French). FranceTV Sport. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
- "Report: Decathlon 100m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games". IAAF. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Report: Decathlon 400m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games". IAAF. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
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- "Results The XXXI Olympics Games – Decathlon Men, Long Jump". IAAF. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
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- "Results The XXXI Olympics Games – Decathlon Men, 1500 Metres". IAAF. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
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- "Report: Decathlon 1500m – Rio 2016 Olympic Games London 2017". IAAF. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Kevin Mayer – les Résultats des Compétitions 2017 [Competition Results]" (in French). French Athletics Federation. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Meeting National en salle de Paris – Résultats triathlon [National Indoor Meeting of Paris – Triathlon results]" (in French). French Athletics Federation. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Heroics from Spanovic [sic], Muir and Mayer as European Indoor Championships conclude". IAAF. 5 March 2017. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Mayer breaks European heptathlon record!". European Athletics Association. 6 March 2017. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- "Final Results Book: European Athletics Indoor Champions – Belgrade 2017" (PDF). European Athletics Association. pp. 40–49. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
- "Senior Indoor – Heptathlon Men Lists". IAAF. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Meeting de l'Etang Salé – Résultats triathlon [Meeting of L'Étang-Salé – Triathlon results]" (in French). French Athletics Federation. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Meeting à thème de Montpellier – Résultats decathlon [Meeting of Montpellier – Decathlon results]" (in French). French Athletics Federation. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
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- Smythe, Steve (12 August 2017). "Kevin Mayer wins world decathlon gold". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- "Report: Decathlon 1500m – IAAF World Championships London 2017". IAAF. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
- "Report: Decathlon 100m – IAAF World Championships London 2017". IAAF. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- "Report: Decathlon 400m – IAAF World Championships London 2017". IAAF. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- "Report: Decathlon 100m hurdles – IAAF World Championships London 2017". IAAF. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- "Report: Decathlon Pole Vault – IAAF World Championships London 2017". IAAF. 12 August 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- "France's Kevin Mayer obliterates decathlon world record". Eurosport. 2018-09-16. Retrieved 2018-09-21.
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- "European Athletics – Athlete: Kevin Mayer". European Athletic Association. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
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- "Kevin Mayer – Profile". IAAF. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
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- Kevin Mayer on Instagram
| Men's heptathlon European record holder
5 March 2017 –
| Men's decathlon World record holder
16 September 2018 –
| Men's decathlon European record holder
16 September 2018 –
|Awards and achievements|
| French Sportsman of the Year