Ash Moloney, a phenomenal performance by the youngest man in the field, at just 21, is Oceania’s first decathlon Olympic or world championship medal in history – earning a bronze. Ash won Australia’s first athletics medal of the Tokyo Games, hanging tough through a gruelling second day to secure the Bronze Medal. The 21-year-old became the third-youngest Australian man to win an Olympic track and field medal, behind only high jumpers Tim Forsyth and Chilla Porter.
2018, an 18-year-old Ashley Moloney announced himself on the world stage with a win at the Junior World Championships; at this point, comparisons with Mayer began.
Mayer and Moloney won the junior title when they were 18 years old. Both were and are regarded as prodigious talents; however, comparing their decathlon scores event-by-event in the year they became U20 champion saw the young Australian ahead of current superstar Mayer. Fast forward three years, and the ultimate stage is set.
Moloney was in the medal positions through all 10 events; he set two new personal bests, equalled another and was on par with the rest. It came down to the final event; he needed a personal best in the 1500m to hold off the challengers for the bronze.
His coach Eric Brown watching back in Brisbane, certainly knew what he was capable of, and so did his good friend and training partner Cedric Dubler.
In the gruelling 1500m, after 2 days of intense competition and when medals were on the line, Dubler kept an eye on Moloney, guiding him through the first 1100m, then with a lep to go, the experienced olympian and training partner, Cedric Dubler, earned Ash to lift. With a new 1500m PB, Ashley Moloney broke his own Area Record by 157 points to earn a total of 8,649 points.
The world number one Canadian Damian Warner broke the Olympic Record (9,018) to win the gold. The young man from Brisbane, Australia, was only 77 points behind the silver medalist, Kevin Mayer, the French world record holder. Bring on the next three years.
|Men’s Decathlon 100m – Heat 3||2||10.34PB|
|Men’s Decathlon Long Jump – Group B||2||7.64|
|Men’s Decathlon Shot Put – Group B||10||14.49|
|Men’s Decathlon High Jump – Group B||1||2.11PB|
|Men’s Decathlon 400m – Heat 3||1||46.29SB|
|Men’s Decathlon 110m Hurdles – Heat 3||3||14.08PB|
|Men’s Decathlon Discus Throw – Group A||5||44.38|
|Men’s Decathlon Pole Vault – Group B||6||5.00|
|Men’s Decathlon Javelin Throw – Group A||9||57.12SB|
|Men’s Decathlon 1500m – Heat 1||12||4:39.19PB|