Garrett Scantling tops big on US Decathlon roster, leads World Team

Garrett Scantling rose to No. 3 on the all-time USA Decathlon list, posting 8,867 points to win the USATF Combined Events Championships and lead the team to the World Championships.

Scantling, who finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics, moved from eighth in American history by a personal best to third behind Olympic gold medalists Ashton Eaton and Dan O’Brien. Scantling, who is now seventh on the all-time world list, has passed Olympic or world champions Tom Dads, Trey Hardee and Brian Clay.

Scantling retired from athletics after missing the 2016 Olympics by one spot at the trials. He had a brief stint with the Atlanta Falcons during spring camp in 2017 as a wide receiver before returning to Jacksonville, Fla. to work as a financial advisor. He returned to competition in 2020.

Scantling is joined on the team for July’s world championships in Eugene, Oregon by the University of Georgia junior Kyle Garland (8,720 points) and two-time Olympian Zach Ziemek (8,573), who like Scantling have recorded personal bests of over 100 points. Garland shattered his previous record of 524 points in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday and Saturday.

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Anna Hall won the heptathlon with 6,458 points, a total that would have placed him sixth in the Olympics. Last year Hall crashed out of the Olympic Trials heptathlon in the first 100m hurdles.

She is joined in the world team by the fifth Olympic place Kendell Williamswho carved out a place for himself last year by taking the lead in the world rankings for the season.

The U.S. women’s third and fourth places are to be determined based on world rankings and/or athletes achieving the world championship qualifying standard by June 26. Hall was the only woman to achieve the standard in Fayetteville, despite finishing 10th. Erica Bougard also has it from a previous result.

In other athletics matches on Saturday, the two-time Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce from Jamaica clocked the fastest women’s 100m at the start of the year – 10.67 seconds – to win the Kip Keino Classic at altitude in Nairobi, Kenya.

The other headliner of the race, Olympic silver medalist in the 200m Christine Mboma from Namibia, stopped halfway, tripped and fell on the track and was carried away on a stretcher.

olympic gold medalist Marcel Jacobs of Italy withdrew before the men’s 100m due to stomach problems. kenyan Ferdinand Omanyala won in 9.85, the fastest time in the world this year, edging out the Olympic silver medalist in the 100m Fred Kerley by .07.

In an American Track League match, Allyson Felix finished fourth in a 400m in 52.23 seconds in his first appearance in the event this year.

Felix, in her farewell season, hasn’t said publicly if she’ll be competing at the USATF Outdoor Championships next month, where the top eight in the 400m are likely to make the World Team (all three first individually, plus relay places). Last year, the eighth at the Olympic Trials ran 50.84.

Emilie Sissonwho finished 10th in the Olympic 10,000m, beat Sara Room‘s American record in the half marathon by winning the national title in 67:11.

The athletics season continues on Sunday with a Continental Tour meet at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, featuring the 100m world champion Christian Colman and Olympic silver medalist in the 400m hurdles Rai Benjamin.

The Diamond League top-flight season begins Friday in Doha.

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