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Former Boise State decathlete ninth in Rio; wrestler competes Friday

Grenada’s Kurt Felix throws the javelin during the decathlon competition Thursday at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Grenada’s Kurt Felix throws the javelin during the decathlon competition Thursday at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Associated Press

Former Boise State athlete Kurt Felix of Grenada scored a career-best 8,323 points in the decathlon, which concluded Thursday at the Rio Games.

Felix was second in the javelin (229 feet, 4 inches) and ran a career-best time for eighth in the 1,500 (4 minutes, 30.53 seconds).

Also Thursday, Felix took ninth in the discus (147-11), 18th in the 110 hurdles (14.79) and 24th in pole vault (14-9).

Felix began the day in eighth place after five events.

Defending champion Ashton Eaton tied an Olympic record with 8,893 points to claim another gold.

Felix’s half-brother and fellow Grenadian, Lindon Victor, took 16th (7,998 points).

FORMER BRONCO IVANOV WRESTLES FRIDAY

George Ivanov will represent Bulgaria in the men’s freestyle at 74 kilograms (163 pounds). The opening-round match will pit him against Georgia’s Jakob Makarashvili at 7:48 a.m. MT.

Ivanov is the final BSU athlete out of a school-record six to compete at the Rio Games.

Ivanov earned his spot in Rio by capturing the silver medal at the World Olympic Qualifier in Mongolia in April. He is the second Boise State wrestler to compete at the Olympics, joining Charles Burton, who finished fifth in the 85kg (187 pounds) class at the Sydney Games in 2000.

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