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Decathlon record holder Mayer beats Kaul, Uibo in garden clash

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SHOWS: MONTPELLIER, FRANCE (KEVIN MAYER) / MAINZ, GERMANY (NIKLAS KAUL) / CLERMONT, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (MAICEL UIBO) (JUNE 7, 2020) (WORLD ATHLETICS - MUST COURTESY WORLD ATHLETICS)

1. COUNTDOWN TO START OF COMPETITION

2. DECATHLON WORLD RECORD-HOLDER KEVIN MAYER SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING A FOURTH VAULT ATTEMPT IN THE OPENING CHALLENGE OF MOST SUCCESSFUL VAULTS OVER FOUR METRES IN TEN MINUTES

3. VIEW OF SCOREBOARD AND LOCATIONS OF THE THREE DECATHLETES

4. REIGNING DECATHLON WORLD CHAMPION NIKLAS KAUL SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING A VAULT

5. 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DECATHLON SILVER MEDALLIST MAICEL UIBO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING A VAULT

6. VIEW OF SCOREBOARD AND LOCATIONS OF THE THREE DECATHLETES

7. MAYER SUCCESSFULLY PUTTING PAST 12 METRES IN THE SECOND CHALLENGE OF MOST SUCCESSFUL PUTS PAST 12 METERS IN TEN MINUTES

8. KAUL SUCCESSFULLY PUTTING PAST 12 METRES

9. UIBO SUCCESSFULLY PUTTING PAST 12 METRES

10. COUNTDOWN TO START OF THE FINAL CHALLENGE, A SHUTTLE RUN WITH TWO CONES SPACED 20 METRES APART, WITH THE ATHLETES SCORING POINTS FOR EACH COMPLETED BACK AND FORTH SHUTTLE IN FIVE MINUTES

11. KAUL JOGGING

12. UIBO JOGGING

13. MAYER JOGGING

14. MAYER AFTER COMPLETING SHUTTLE RUN AND SECURING OVERALL VICTORY WITH 71 POINTS, AHEAD OF KAUL ON 63 AND UIBO ON 61

15. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DECATHLON WORLD RECORD-HOLDER, KEVIN MAYER, SAYING:

"Because I'm good at sprint, I'm not good at 1500 (metres), so, I think that was just acceleration and I was better at that, so, I think this triathlon was good for me at the end."

16. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 2019 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DECATHLON SILVER MEDALLIST, MAICEL UIBO, SAYING:

"It got a little tricky in the pole vault in the end. My hands started slipping and then the shot put with the caulk, the caulk just ended up like caking up and not really spreading on the hands. So, it was little tricky, but I know it was going to be that way, but it was fun."

17. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REIGNING DECATHLON WORLD CHAMPION, NIKLAS KAUL, SAYING:

"Because I wasn't able to do that (compete against anybody during lockdown) in the past three or four months, so it's really good to have these competitions back with the other guys."

STORY: France's decathlon world record holder Kevin Mayer beat world champion Niklas Kaul and world silver medallist Maicel Uibo in the latest edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash on Sunday (June 7) where the trio competed simultaneously in three different countries.

The three athletes participated in a unique live 'triathlon', which included pole vault, shot put and a shuttle run, with Frenchman Mayer competing in Montpellier, German Kaul in Mainz and Estonia's Uibo in Florida.

The event was streamed live on World Athletics' social platforms and Mayer -- silver medallist at the 2016 Rio Olympics -- won two of the three events to come out on top.

The challenge began with the trio attempting to clear four metres in the pole vault as many times as they could in 10 minutes and although Mayer was 25 seconds late to start, he won the event with 17 clearances to Uibo's 15 and Kaul's 14.

The shot put challenge required the athletes to clear 12 metres as often as possible in 10 minutes and Mayer showed no signs of tiring as he produced 28 throws while Kaul and Uibo finished with 22 and 20 respectively.

The final challenge was a five-minute shuttle run between cones placed 20 metres apart with Mayer and Uibo completing 26 circuits, while Kaul managed 27.

Mayer's tally of 71 points saw him 8 clear of Kaul, with Uibo a further 2 behind.

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