Hardee repeats as World Champion in the decathlon
Aug. 28, 2011
DAEGU, Korea - Former Longhorn Trey Hardee defended his world championship title Sunday afternoon in Daegu as he won the decathlon with a total of 8,607 points. Hardee is just the third athlete in IAAF decathlon history to win back-to-back titles in the event.
Hardee started the day in second place, 53 points behind leader Ashton Eaton (USA) but made up for the difference in the discus where he threw a season-best 163-8 (49.89m) to take the lead that he never surrendered.
Hardee followed that up with a 15-9 (4.80m) clearance in the pole vault, a personal-best throw of 226-4 (68.99m) in the javelin and a 4:45.68 in the 1,500m.
"I think it just really says a lot that an athlete goes in and wins two consecutive world championships," said Texas head coach Bubba Thornton. "We're excited for him. It speaks volumes for our program. Mario [Sategna] has done a great job guiding him and so we're really excited. It's just a good day for Texas track and field."
The USA has now won four of the last five world titles in the event.
The Longhorns still have Marquise Goodwin and Leo Manzano in the hunt for world titles with action starting up on Aug. 30 with Manzano in the 1,500m heats.
110m hurdles decathlon
Pole Vault decathlon