11 JUL 2003 General News

Men Octathlon 1000 Metres

After the upset of the Javelin, where Andres Silva saw the 200 point lead he had built up in the rest of the competition wiped out by some great throwing from Belarussian Andrei Krauchanka, the Uruguayan set out at the start of this final event of the competition determined to come back in style.

And so he did. Going straight into the lead Silva steamed around the track, his freshness belying the efforts he had expended in the two days of competition. He went through 400 metres in 58.50, 800 in 2:05.29 and crossed the finish line in 2:35.91 to score 919 points and assure Uruguay of its first ever gold medal in an IAAF Championships.

Nearly ten seconds behind Silva, Krauchanka was battling it out for second place in the race with Jordan Vandermade of New Zealand, but in the end it was Vandermade who had the upper hand and he came home in second place in 2:43.57 (834 points), with Krauchanka third in a time of 2:44.35 (826 points).

Silva completed the eight events with a total of 6456 points, a Championships Record and all-time best performance in the category, Krauchanka second with 6366 points and Lukas Patera holding on for the bronze with a 6316 point total after completing the 1000 metres in 2:45.85 for 810 points.

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