Missouri sophomore Hans Uldal moved up in the standings on the final day of the decathlon in the 2004 Athens Olympics, finishing 27th out of 39 competitors.
Uldal, who was representing Norway, had been 30th after the first day of the decathlon, which combines an athlete’s scores from 10 different events to determine a winner. Uldal finished with 7,495 points. Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic won the event with an Olympic-record score of 8,893. American Bryan Clay took the silver with 8,820 points. Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan won the bronze with 8,725 points.
Uldal’s time of 4 minutes, 41.70 seconds in the 1,500-meter run, the final event of the decathlon, was his best time of the season. He scored 760 points in the pole vault by clearing a height of 14 feet, 9 inches and 839 points in the 110-meter hurdles, his highest score in any event.
The discus throw event hurt Uldal, however. He earned 726 points in that event with a below-average throw of 43.01 meters.
Nine decathletes dropped out of the competition before it was finished, but Uldal, the only collegiate American in the decathlon, made it through all 10 events.