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Czech Dvorak Wins Decathlon Gold

August 25, 1999

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) _ Defending champion Tomas Dvorak of the Czech Republic successfully defended his decathlon title at the World Championships today, easily beating Britain’s Dean Macey in the two-day event.

American Chris Huffins was third.

Dvorak began the day in the lead and built on it during the five final events. He finished with 8,744 points, short of the world record of 8,994 he set earlier this year. Macey was second with a strong showing in the final 1,500 meters and had 8,556 points. Huffins, the Pan American Games champion, totaled 8,547.

Dvorak opened the final day by running the fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles, 13.75, throwing the discus 151 feet, 9 inches, clearing 15-1 in the pole vault and throwing the javelin 230 feet.

The title belonged to Dvorak by the time of closing 1,500, when he walked over the line in ninth position, his fists aloft in celebration.

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