| In a display of track and field versatility and stamina, 37-year-old Kip Janvrin, a Panora native, won the Double Decathlon World Championships Sunday in Turku, Finland with a two-day world-best score of 14,185 points.
Competitors at the event competed in 20 track and field events over two days, contesting every event in the sport except the race walk and marathon. Janvrin, who said he changed uniforms 11 times and shoes 17 times during the two-day competition, scored 6,912 points Saturday and 7,273 points Sunday. Sweden's Johan Szabo was runner-up with 12,369 points, more than 1,800 points behind Janvrin.
Janvrin's record is not officially recognized by the IAAF, but it betters the previous world best of 13,906 points (using current scoring tables) set in 1992 by Indrek Kaseorg of Estonia in Punkalaidun, Finland.
Janvrin, now of Warrensburg, MO, competed for the U.S. in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Since beginning his decathlon career in 1983 (third year of the Reagan Administration), Janvrin has been nationally ranked 13 of the last 14 seasons. He has completed 80 decathlons in his career and scored over 7,000 points 70 times, both world records.
Saturday's competition included: 100 meters, long jump, 200 meter hurdles, shot put, 5000 meter run, 800 meters, high jump, 400 meters, hammer throw and 3K steeple chase. Sunday's events were: 110 high hurdles, discus, 200 meters, pole vault, 3000 meter run, 400 hurdles, javelin, 1500 meter run, triple jump and 10,000 meters.
Kip is the son of Ken and Karen Janvrin of Panora.