TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, May 13, 2016 – A new national record and Rio Olympic Games qualification for Lindon Victor as he clinched the Decathlon at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships here on Friday.
Victor scored 8,446 points to better the previous record of 8,302 held by his brother Kurt Felix. His new mark qualifies him for the Olympic Games this summer and a chance to compete with Felix. It will be third time both decathletes will get to compete alongside each other following the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014 and the Pan-American Games in Toronto last July.
Victor, a junior at Texas A&M University and under coach Alleyne Francique of Grenada, won four of the 10 events and in the process cleared the stadium record (7,752) and SEC Meet Record of 8,326 points.
Victor began the final day with 4,309 points and the SEC meet record for the first day score. He was fourth in the 110 metres hurdles in 14.70 for 886 points but then extend his lead with 966 points for his winning throw of 54.56m in the Discus. He also collected 775 points in the pole vault (4.55m); 874 points for the 68.96m in the Javelin Throw and he was ninth overall in the 1,500m in 4:47.12 for 636 points.
On Thursday he ran a career best of 10.72 in the 100m for 924 points. Only Georgia’s Devon Williams, with a 10.70 for 929 points ran faster. In the long jump a mark of 23-3 ¼ (7.09) picked up 835 points. Victor then led the shot put with a toss of 51-7 ¼ (15.73) for 835 points with the next best mark a 49-1 ¾ (14.98) for 788 points by Georgia’s Maicel Uibo.
A 6-7 ½ (2.02) high jump added 822 points for Victor while Uibo cleared 6-11 (2.11) for 906 points and a 10-point lead — 3,426 to 3,416 – through four events. Last year Uibo cleared 7-1 ¾ for 973 points.
Reclaiming the overall lead with a stellar time of 48.33 in the 400m, Victor scored 893 points while Williams clocked 48.51 (885) and Uiba ran 50.97 (770).
Victor’s tally of 4,309 points through five events bettered the SEC first day record of 4,224 set by Uibo last year when he went on to win the SEC title with a championship record of 8,326.
Victor was only 19 points away from the NCAA’s record of 8,465 held by Trey Hardee in 2006.
He will next compete in the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon from June 8-11.
With contributions from Texas A&M University