Will Ashton Eaton and Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s world records be buried in Berlin?

Belgium's Olympic and World Champion heptathlete Nafi Thiam

TSX HEADLINES – for June 1, 2018: Two of the most cherished world records in track & field are Ashton Eaton’s decathlon mark of 9,045 points and Jackie Joyner-Kersee’s 7,291 points in the heptathlon.

But those records may be short-lived, thanks to two rising stars whose focus is on the European Championships in Berlin’s Olimpiastadion in August: France’s Kevin Mayer and Belgium’s Nafi Thiam (pictured above).

Do they really have a shot at taking these world records for themselves? You bet they do, and we have the event-by-event details in our Lane One commentary, plus previews of this weekend’s international events and what’s going on in sport right now:

(1) THE TICKER: More information on the forthcoming referendum in Calgary on the 2026 Olympic Winter Games bid: coming in November.

(2) THE BIG PICTURE: The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed the appeal by Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter over his doping disqualification from the 2008 Beijing Games. Thus, Jamaica’s gold-medal performance in the 4×100 m is nullified, costing his teammates Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater their medals as well.

(3) THE MAIN EVENT: Seven world-leading performances at the IAAF Diamond League meet in Rome, including a lifetime-best 9.93 from Ronnie Baker in his second-straight win over Christian Coleman in the men’s 100 meters!

(4) WATER POLO: The top-ranked U.S. women’s team is into the semifinals of the FINA World League Super Final against Russia … who they defeated in group play!

This issue includes ON DECK previews of Cycling ~ Football ~ Rowing ~ Sport Climbing ~ Taekwondo, and SCOREBOARD reports on Volleyball and Water Polo, plus AGENDA, our exclusive calendar of upcoming international events!

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