Cuba’s youngster Leonel Suarez took the Decathlon title at the 12th Erdgas Meeting in Ratingen – IAAF World Combined Events Challenge – establishing a Cuban record of 8451 points. The 20-year-old had only recently improved the national best to 8366 points at the Götzis meeting.
The defending Ratingen champion Abele was the best of the German decathletes. Finishing second behind Suarez he achieved a personal best of 8372 and secured Olympic qualification. Andre Niklaus (8273) and Michael Schrader (8248) took the next places in Ratingen. These three Germans will represent their country at the Olympic Games in Beijing.