Australia's Ash Moloney has finished 3rd successful the men's decathlon with a people of 8,649 points, taking location a bronze medal by the tegument of his teeth successful a tense last event.
Moloney needed to stay adjacent to fourth-placed American Garrett Scantling successful the 1500m to decorativeness connected the podium and managed that successful a hopeless last dash, finishing conscionable nether 4 seconds down the USA prima to support his wide points tally intact.
It means the 21-year-old volition instrumentality location a bronze medal arsenic the youngest jock connected the Australian way and tract squad competing successful Tokyo, claiming 3rd by conscionable 38 points successful an Australian grounds full score.
In existent Aussie fashion, Moloney fto retired an emphatic 'F--- yeah' erstwhile confirmation of the last scores came through, not dissimilar compatriot Kaylee McKeown during past week's swimming.
"I honestly bash not cognize however to feel, I crossed the enactment and saw a PB and thought, 'Oh, s-t we're on'. Then I started crying and it each happened," Moloney said aft the event.
"I was conscionable putting 1 ft successful beforehand of the other, I started hitting a partition astatine 800m and I was a spot concerned.
"Today I thought it got distant from maine a small bit, connected rod vault, I astir stacked it truly hard and it truly shook me, I was connected edge. But I managed to propulsion through."
Moloney besides shared his gratitude for Aussie decathlon teammate Cedric Dubler who selflessly devoted his 1500m lawsuit to helping the youngster with gait successful his slightest favourite event.
Canada's Damien Warner took location golden aft dominating the full decathlon from commencement to finish, portion Frenchman Kevin Mayer (8,726 points) did capable for silver.
Warner, who wore an crystal vest often during the contention to conflict the Japanese heat, posted an Olympic grounds of 9,018 points for the gold. He improved connected his bronze 5 years agone successful Rio de Janeiro.
Moloney had entered the last 1500m lawsuit successful 3rd place, aft Mayer produced a stunning show successful the javelin - 1 lawsuit anterior - to propulsion him retired of second.
Mayer threw a idiosyncratic champion of 73.09m, to prime up 937 points and determination wide of Moloney.
In the women's heptathlon, Nafissatou Thiam successfully defended her Olympic rubric arsenic a seventh-place decorativeness successful her vigor successful the past event, the 800 meters, was capable for her to instrumentality the golden with 6,791 points.
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