Belgian athlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen became decathlon champion at the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, on Tuesday.
Thomas Van Der PlaetsenThe athlete finished with 8164 points setting a new personal record, seven points more than his previous best. The 22 year old athlete had spent his preparation for the championships with his coach at the World Athletics Center, Arizona.
Thomas now qualifies for the World Championships this summer also in Russia in Moscow after his score of over 8000 points.
Van der Plaetsen, is a former European junior champion in 2009 and 2011, and set personal bests in both the long jump (7m80 equaling 1010 points) and pole vault (5m30 to gain 1004 points). He finished third in the 100m with a time of 11.12 and 8th in the shot put scoring 697 pts with a throw of 13m48.
Thomas was in impressive form in the high jump finishing second with 2m07, 400m finishing third with a 49.36, and second in the 110m hurdles (14.77, 878 pts).
Finally his 8th place in the discus, 5th place in javelin and 6th in the 1500m, saw him over the line to claim victory.