Niklas Kaul

Athlétisme 

  • Première participation
    Tokyo 2020
  • Année de naissance
    1998
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Niklas Kaul

When Niklas Kaul crossed the line at the end of the decathlon 1500m at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, the German had become the youngest athlete in history to be crowned decathlon world champion.

Then just 21, the world under-18 and under-20 champion repeated his feat at senior elite level, immediately propelling him into the list of favourites, alongside decathletes such as France's Kevin Mayer, of Olympic Games favourites.

The Mainz native also has one of the best of all time in his corner – he has trained with two-time Olympic decathlon and former world record holder Ashton Eaton of the United States.

Following Kaul's big victory in Doha, during which he set a personal-best 8691 points (his under-20 best of 8435 remains the world junior record), Eaton described the German as the "future of decathlon".

High praise for Kaul, who only decided to focus on athletics when he was 15 years old. Previously, he played handball – which the German says helps with his javelin throwing.

Indeed, Kaul has not yet ruled out competing in the javelin event in its own right in the future. At the 2015 World Youth Championships, he won javelin silver in addition to decathlon gold.

While his results got everyone hyped, Kaul himself kept his feet on the ground, saying in an interview: "It’s all about how you can progress until you’re 26 or 27. That’s more important than what your point score is when you’re 21, or 18 or 19. It’s nice to have a big PB of course, but it’s all about progression and staying injury-free."

Although the German did not compete in World Athletics-sanctioned meets between January 2020 and May 2021 – undergoing elbow surgery in July – Kaul is ready for the Olympic experience.

Tokyo 2020 in 2021 will be Kaul's first Olympics, and a showdown against Mayer is hotly anticipated.

Kaul will be one of the medal contenders – though he has played down his chances at gold. Time will tell.

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