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- Updated: May 24, 2012
Already having qualified for the London Olympics, our top decathlete will miss the world’s leading decathlon competition this weekend, writes Mark Etheridge.
Coertzen set a new record of 8244 points at the South African championships in Port Elizabeth last month. That puts him second on the 2012 rankings behind Russia’s Sergey Sviridov (8365)..
Back in his London base, Coertzen had been expected to compete in the most famous of all decathlon competitions, the Hyopmeeting, first held in Gotzis, Austria in 1975.
“I just sprained my ankle a bit, nothing major, but I’ll just manage it and take it easy for a week or so,” Coertzen told Road to London 2012 on Thursday. “I’m planning on doing my next competition on 9-10 June if all goes well.”
The current world record of 9026 points, held by Czech athlete Roman Sebrie, was set at Gotzis in 2001.