Brent Newdick is in eleventh place after day one of the decathlon with a total points score of 3840. Scott McLaren left heel proved his downfall after having surgery last September. He warmed up for the final event on day one the 400m but found it difficult to come out of the blocks and called it a day withdrawing from the competition.
McLaren was first up in the 100m, running in the second heat. He clocked 11.59 for 734 points.
McLaren said that getting the first event finished was the main thing.
“One down nine to go, I got through the first event, I’ll just tick them off one at a time,” he said.
Delhi Games silver medallist Brent Newdick came through the third heat in 11.18 to collect 821 points. He said it was a good start, solid but nothing special.
“We’re still healthy and there’s nine events to go,” he said.
In the long jump Newdick opened with 7.05 and improved to 7.22 in his third and final round. His score of 1687 had him in tenth place after two events.
McLaren had a no jump in the first round and leaped 6.26m in both his second and third attempts.
In the shot put Newdick had a series of 13.96, 13.83 and 13.86 while McLaren in the same pool sent the shot out to 14.35, 13.92 and 13.72. After three events, Newdick had improved to seventh while McLaren was in 17th.
Newdick was over the high jump at 1.93m and finished with a below par 400m of 52.87. McLaren cleared 1.78m in the high jump.
McLaren said that he won’t compete again now until he is pain free.
“The surgery I had was taking some bone off the heal and from there it got a bit of infection and it’s never healed and it’s mainly bone pain that I’m suffering,”
Athletics New Zealand