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College student Leo Neugebauer has broken the German decathlon record of former Olympic silver medallist Jürgen Hingsen. The 22-year-old from the University of Texas scored 8836 points at the NCAA Division Championships in Austin, four points better than Hingsen in 1984.
Only eight athletes have scored more points than Neugebauer in the history of the decathlon.
Neugebauer: "Feels unbelievable"
At the end of March, Neugebauer had fulfilled the standard for the World Championships in Budapest (8478 to 19 August) and the 27 Olympic Games in Paris with a personal best of 2024 points. Now the 2022 World Cup tenth has increased once again, breaking the previous college record.
"It feels incredible. I'm overjoyed to have won with a record here in Austin," said Neugebauer. His coach told him that he had also broken Hingsen's record. "That makes me the greatest in history in the whole country. I still can't believe it," said Neugebauer.