On Sunday, 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championship silver medalist Maicel Uibo participated in the "Ultimate Garden Clash", a peculiar competition held by the IAAF. Uibo finished third behind decathlon world record holder Kevin Mayer and world champion Niklas Kaul.
The competition started with the pole vault, where participants had to clear the four-meter crossbar as many times as possible within ten minutes. Mayer, who decided on a shorter runway, cleared the bar 17 times, Uibo cleared it 15 times and Kaul 14.
Next, the decathletes continued in the shot put ring where they had to produce as many 12-meter throws as possible, over the span of ten minutes. Mayer grabbed first place in this event as well, clearing 12 meters 28 times. Kaul did it 27 times and Uibo threw the shot put 26 times.
"Ultimate Garden Clash" concluded with a shuttle run where two cones were placed 20 meters apart, with the athletes collecting points for each completed back-and-forth lap over the course of five minutes. Kaul, the fastest 1500m of the three, took a narrow lead. He won the round with 27 circuits, both Uibo and Mayer finished with 26 circuits.
Mayer collected 71 points to seal the win, Kaul totaled 63, with Uibo another two back with 61.
Uibo: I have nothing in my calendar right now, but I'm ready to compete
Uibo, commenting on the competition, said that the competition was a fun training event to prepare for what hopefully will come next.
"I've never done any of the disciplines in this form, so I had to learn as it went. Pole vault was pretty much timed, maybe I should've used a shorter pole, could have jumped off six steps instead of eight. Could have started a bit faster in the shot put, but it is what it is. I did pretty well in the circuit run," said Uibo to ERR.
"There was no real adrenaline, but knowing that there were two guys giving it their all somewhere in the world, that gave me a competitive push," Uibo added.
"The body is ready to compete if necessary and if there would be any competitions. At this point I have nothing planned, we're taking it one day at a time," Uibo concluded.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste