Cuba’s Yordani Garcia defended own leads after day one and won the 13th Erdgas Meeting in Ratingen, which is part of the IAAF World Combined Events Challenge.
Garcia collected 8348 points in the Decathlon to succeed his fellow countryman Leonel Suarez, who had won here in 2008. In partly wet and often windy conditions Garcia confirmed that he will be a medal contender at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Germany (15 – 23 August).
Germans Norman Müller (8295) and Stefan Drews (7858) took second and third places while the European Indoor Champion Mikk Pahapill (Estonia) had missed out at the opening height of the Pole Vault in windy conditions. He still continued and collected 7266 points from nine events with which he was ninth. He had been third when starting with the Pole Vault and would have been able to keep this position had he not failed.
Ratingen 2009 - results