Taliyah Brooks Close Behind, Victor Eyes Top at Decastar 2023


Taliyah Brooks Close Behind, Victor Eyes Top at Decastar 2023
Taliyah Brooks Close Behind, Victor Eyes Top at Decastar 2023 © Hannah Peters/Getty Images

The Decastar 2023 World Athletics Combined Events Tour Gold Event, held in the picturesque locale of Talence, France, has showcased some of the most impressive athletic feats from competitors across the globe. Notably, two athletes from North America and the Caribbean have risen above the rest, dominating headlines after the competition's initial day.

Brooks Inches Toward Victory

Taliyah Brooks, a prodigious talent representing the stars and stripes of the United States, finds herself a mere whisper away from the top spot. With a commendable total of 3,756 points, she stands second, just a point adrift of Germany’s Sophie Weissenberg.

Brooks showcased her versatility, clinching the 100m hurdles in 12.91 seconds, scaling 1.75m in the high jump, launching the shot put to a distance of 12.93m, and securing a close second in the 200m with a swift 24.02 seconds.

Hot on her heels and vying for the lead are Emma Oosterwegel from the Netherlands with 3,688 points, and Annik Kälin (SUI) and Marijke Esselink (NED) both clocking in 3,654 points. The thrilling culmination awaits on Sunday, with four decisive events remaining.

Switching gears to the men's segment, Lindon Victor, Grenada's world bronze medalist, is not far from clinching gold, currently positioned fourth with 4,132 points. Demonstrating athletic prowess, Victor breezed through the 100m in 10.81 seconds, marked an impressive 7.22m in the long jump, claimed victory in the shot put with a 14.81m throw, scaled a height of 1.96m in the high jump, and rounded off his stellar performance with a 49.92-second finish in the 400m.

But the competition is fierce. Ahead of him are the formidable Makenson Gletty (EN) with 4,344 points, Manuel Eitel (GER) boasting 4,268 points, and Finley Gaio (SU) tallying 4,209 points. Jente Hauttekeete (BEL) remains a contender, rounding out the top five men with 4,120 points.

The Decastar 2023 has been nothing short of exhilarating. Athletes have delivered spellbinding performances, captivating audiences around the globe. As we approach the final day, anticipation is at its peak. With competitors pushing their limits and the leaderboard tight, this edition of Decastar is undeniably a must-watch for sports enthusiasts everywhere.