After setting PBs in eight of the 10 events, Australia’s Ashley Moloney racked up a record-breaking 8190 points to win the decathlon title on the second day of the IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Starting with a 10.51 world under-20 decathlon 100m best, the 18-year-old went on to clear a PB and championship decathlon best of 2.10m in the high jump and run a world U20 decathlon 400m best of 46.86 on the first day.
Picking up from where he left off on day two, Moloney clocked a 14.13 PB in the 110m hurdles, threw a 47.39m PB in the discus and equalled his pole vault PB with 4.60m before adding more than five metres to his previous javelin best with 53.67m.
Finally, he clocked a lifetime best of 4:42.65 in the 1500m to secure success in style, also breaking the Oceanian under-20 record and moving to second on the world under-20 all-time list. His team-mate Gary Haasbroek claimed silver with a 7798-point PB and Switzerland’s Simon Ehammer the bronze with a PB of 7642.
“I’m feeling a rollercoaster of emotions,” Moloney told the IAAF. “I just tried to do my best in every single event.
“The huge PB in the high jump was the highlight. It means a lot to me to have Gary by my side.”
There was a surprise victory in the men’s 100m as Lalu Muhammad Zohri gained an historic gold for Indonesia, clocking a national under-20 record of 10.18 (+1.2) from lane eight to pip USA’s Anthony Schwartz and Eric Harrison who both ran 10.22.
GB’s Dom Ashwell finished a fine fifth, missing a medal by just 0.03 with a PB of 10.25, while his team-mate Chad Miller narrowly missed out on the final after finishing third in a close semi-final with a time of 10.38.
“I’m absolutely buzzing,” said Ashwell. “It’s such a wicked experience – the whole venue, the race, even on the start line it was absolutely electric. I couldn’t wait to race.
“Watching it back on the big screen and seeing I was that close was a great feeling. It’s bittersweet but I can’t complain.”