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Jamaica's Bernard scoops decathlon title

28 July 2002

Claston Bernard of Jamaica wins the decathlon by 145 points after breezing through the 1500m event.

Claston Bernard

Claston Bernard vaults to victory

He had gone into the last event with an already decent lead but his disciplined run in the 1500m clinched him a gold with a total of 7830 points.

Matt McEwen of Australia took silver and Jamie Quarry won the first ever decathlon medal for Scotland with bronze.

After a fairly poor performance in the javelin Quarry's hopes of a medal looked slim.

However, a magnificent performance in the 1500m enabled him to grab bronze from Georgios Andreou of Cyprus, who was pushed into fifth by England's Barry Thomas.

Gold medallist Bernard said afterwards: “This has been a great competition for me. I’ve silenced a lot of critics by showing that I can come here and compete at this level. I think I have a great future with the World Championships and the Olympics ahead.”

Silver medallist Matt McEwen was pleased with his final standing: “The discus totally let me down. Luckily, I had a really good pole vault. I threw a season’s best in the javelin and then I had to guts it out over the 1500m."

"I was running for the ten years of sacrifice that I had in my life and the ten years that people put in. I didn’t want to let them down.”

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