Otago, New Zealand –Chris Richards (Hill City-University) is the Otago senior men’s decathlon champion after conquering the wild weather that hit Dunedin at the weekend. Richards (36), a science teacher at Otago Girls’ High School, was the only competitor in the event and won with a score of 3151 points in his first decathlon at the Caledonian Ground. It was not a hollow win because he had to compete against the elements. Rain made the run-up in the high jump and in the throwing circle difficult.
The gusty wind made the pole vault tricky and he was hit by the head wind in the back straight of the 1500m.The decathlon is the toughest event in athletics and requires athletes to master 10 disciplines.
He had the satisfaction of gaining personal best performances in five events: long jump, shot put, 400m, 110m hurdles and 1500m. He equalled his personal best in the pole vault.
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