Decathlete Leo Neugebauer got off to a good start in the Olympic year. The fifth-place finisher at the World Championships leads the field with 4,620 points at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in his adopted hometown of Austin after the first day of the decathlon.

This means he is doing better than his German record last year. At that time, Neugebauer had improved decathlon legend J├╝rgen Hingsen’s old mark to 8,836 points.

Neugebauer is just behind his World Cup half-time result in the competition in the USA before the decision on the German night of Good Friday. At the title fights in Budapest last year, he led the field after the first day with 4,640 points. The athlete, who started for VfB Stuttgart, fell back to fifth place on the second day.

Neugebauer breaks German record

The 23-year-old recently made people sit up and take notice with an indoor record in the heptathlon. At the college championships in Boston, he improved Frank Busemann’s national indoor record, which was more than two decades old, by 56 points to 6,347 points.

Neugebauer is one of the biggest German athletics hopes in the decathlon at the Olympic Games in Paris this summer. He will not start at the European Championships in Rome at the beginning of June.