Among other things, Neugebauer underlined his absolute top form with two new best performances in the long jump (8.00 m) and shot put (17.04 m) and is currently aiming for more than 8900 points. At the end of the first day, Neugebauer completed the 400 meters in 47.99 seconds.
It was only in June that the college student, who lives and trains in Austin, USA, improved Jürgen Hingsen’s old German record to 8836 points and traveled to Budapest as number one in the world.
“My heart rises, what a great show,” said Hingsen to “SID” about Neugebauer’s performance. The ex-world record holder is at home in front of the television: “Leo has shown a sensational competition so far. If he continues to march like this, he can’t be stopped.”
Eurosport expert Freimuth on Neugebauer: “Can score 9000 points”
Also Eurosport expert Rico Freimuth was enthusiastic about Neugebauer’s performance during the first day. “He can do 9,000 points here,” said the former World Cup runner-up in disbelief at the 23-year-old.
Third Damian Warner is 66 points behind Neugebauer.
With defending champion and world record holder Kevin Mayer, a medal candidate had to end the decathlon due to an injury. The Frenchman dropped out after the long jump because of Achilles tendon problems.