KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island's Michael DiMambro just missed a medal in the decathlon at the U.S. Junior National Championships, hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. DiMambro placed fourth out of 26 competitors in the decathlon.
DiMambro scored a total of 7,006 points in the two-day competition, coming in just behind Brigham Young's Kevin Nielson, who finished with 7,275 points. Gunnar Nixon of Arkansas won the event with 7,760 points, followed by Georgia's Garrett Scantling.DiMambro won the 100 meter dash and was second in the long jump as he got off to a fast start in the decathlon. He also took eighth place in the pole vault.
The junior nationals serve as the qualifying meet for the IAAF World Junior Championships, which are being held in Barcelona, Spain July 10-15. In order to be eligible for the junior nationals, an athlete can not turn 20 years old before the end of the calendar year.