Newdick finishes 12th in Olympic decathlon

New Zealand's Brent Newdick has finished the Olympic decathlon in 12th place.

Newdick, 14th after nine events, finished with 7988 points after running the final event, the 1500m, in 4min 38.20 seconds.

It was well short of his personal best in the 1500m by nine seconds, and his overall total was short of his best of 8114 points.

He earlier pushed up to 14th after the ninth event, the javelin, when he threw 59.82m.

Newdick, who started the day 16th, had dropped four places in the standings after the 110m hurdles.

He recorded 15.02 seconds to earn 804 points, but was 0.64s outside his personal best.

He managed the eighth-best throw in the discus with a first-round effort of 46.15m to pick up 791 points to reclaim the lost places before clearing 4.70m in the pole vault.

American world record holder Ashton Eaton from the United States won the gold medal with a score of 8869 points.

Trey Hardee from the US was second with 8671 and Leonel Suarez from Cuba was third with 8523.

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