RIO de JANEIRO--Former Boise State national champion and All-American Kurt Felix won the first heat of the 100 meters in the decathlon with a personal best of 10.93 this morning at the 2016 Summer Olympics and is currently in eighth place after four events.
Felix scored 876 points in the event and began the competition in 18th place.
Kurt has always done well in the opening day, as competition in the decathlon includes many of his best events. When he won the NCAA National Championship in 2012, Felix was in second place after the opening day before winning the national title.
Felix ran his best 100 meters of his career this morning, topping the 11.02 he ran in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. In the 2012 National Championship of the decathlon which he went on to win, Felix ran the 100 in 11.26. Competition now moves to the long jump.
Kurt then jumped 7.42 meters in the long jump for 915 points to move up to ninth place. Felix then uncorked a throw of 14.77 meters in the second of three attempts in the shot put for 776 points.
Felix, who has cleared 2.17 meters in the high jump, had to settle for 2.07 today for 868 points.
Here are the current standings after four events:
1. Eaton, United States 3,616
2. Warner, Canada 3,548
3. Taiwo, United States 3,542
4. Mayer, France 3,539
5. Kasmirek, Germany 3,529
6. Bourrada, Algeria 3,468
7. Zienek, United States 3,448
8. Felix, Boise State and Grenada 3,435
9. Kasyanov, Ukraine 3,427
10. Van Der Plaetsen, Belgium 3,393
11. Helcelet, Czech Republic 3,381
12. De Araujo, Brazil 3,379
13. Dudas, Serbia 3,364