TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, May 13, 2016 – Lindon Victor has become the fourth Grenadian athlete to meet the qualifying standards for RIO 2016 following victory in the Men’s Decathlon at the SEC Track & Field Championships on Friday.
Victor who is the brother of Kurt Felix won the event with a new national record of 8446 points eclipsing the old mark set by his Felix in 2015 at the World Championships (8302 points).
Competing for Texas A&M, Lindon Victor began his quest on Thursday following a series of injuries with a personal best time of 10.72 seconds in the 100m which set the tone for the rest of the event and thus setting a new SEC first day points record of 4309 (old mark 4224) putting him ahead of the three-time defending SEC decathlon champion Maicel Uibo who was second with 4,196 points.
Victor returned on Friday and picked up from where he left off racking up 4137 points which was eight (8) points shy of the second day record of 4145 to win the title and dethroning the three time champion in the process who finished second 131 points behind.
He accomplished personal bests in nine of the ten individual events competing in and also set a new decathlon collegiate record in the discus of 54.56m.
His score also breaks Texas A&M’s record of 7,931 and is the 4th best score on the all-time collegiate list and falls short of the collegiate record of 8,465.
Speaking to SISR, Kurt Felix says this will enable more competition in the event.
“I’m really proud and happy with his (Lindon Victor) performance. This just goes to show the talent that we have here in Grenada. Now we have two of our very own being competitive on the world stage.”
The Decathlete’s score of 8446 also moves him ahead of Cuba’s Leonel Suarez world lead of 8347 points.
Lindon Victor’s 8446 and Kurt Felix 8320 now gives them the world’s best decathlon scores by with 16,758 total surpassing the Pappas Brothers; Tom (8,783) and Billy (7,745) 16,529 total.
Victor joins his brother Kurt Felix, Kirani James and Bralon Taplin as qualifiers for RIO 2016.