17 Jun 2010

Brent Newdick cracks 8000 barrier in decathalon

6:47 pm on 17 June 2010

The New Zealand decathlete Brent Newdick is shaping up well for a medal at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games after passing passed 8000 points for the first time at a meet at Kladno in the Czech Republic.

Personal bests on the second day in the 110 metres hurdles, the javelin and

the 1500 metres spurred the 25-year-old Aucklander to a total of 8091 and sixth.

Newdick's surpassed Douglas Pirini's 8007 points to move into number two on the New Zealand all-time list.

Simon Poelman holds the record with 8366 points achieved in Christchurch in 1987.