6/17/2019 7:09:09 PM (GMT+3)

Mayer donates decathlon kit to IAAF Heritage Collection in Doha

Mayer donates decathlon kit to IAAF Heritage Collection in Doha

DOHA, Qatar: World decathlon and world indoor heptathlon champion Kevin Mayer has donated the kit he wore when setting the world record for the decathlon to the IAAF Heritage Collection, which is currently on public display for six months in the Qatari capital.

The French athlete has set the world record with a score of 9126 at the Decastar meeting in Talence (FA) in September 2018, surpassing the 9045 which USA’s Ashton Eaton had established at the IAAF Worlds Beijing 2015.

On his way to breaking Eaton’s record, Mayer set personal bests in five events.

The kit that Mayer has donated is made up of the bodysuit which he wore in the long jump, his 1500m spikes and two bib numbers (name and ‘leader’).

The donation was recently symbolically handed over at the IAAF Heritage World Athletics Championships Exhibition in the City Center Doha shopping mall.

The recipient of Mayer’s kit was Mubarak Al Sulaiti, a 15-year-old Qatari athlete, who competed for Qatar at the U18 Gulf Cooperation Council Athletics Championships.

Al Sulaiti is training to be a combined eventer at the world renowned Aspire Academy, under the watchful coaching eyes of Martin Brockman and Rudolf Sopko.

“Last September I created my own piece of global athletics history, but as is the fate of all world records it will be beaten,” said Mayer, who will return to Talence for the Decastar meeting this weekend (22-23 June). “I’m really delighted that my bodysuit and spikes will be preserved so the record will not be forgotten. I hope displaying the kit in public helps to inspire young athletes around the world like Mubarak.”