Freshman Maicel Uibo has been named the European Athlete of the Month.
May 20, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia true freshman Maicel Uibo has been named the men’s European Athlete of the Month for April, according to an announcement by European Athletics.
Uibo, a native of Polva, Estonia, put together a world-leading personal best total in the decathlon of 8,223 points, including six individual event bests, during the Bulldog Decathlon in Athens on April 11-12. The performance lifted his personal best by a staggering 675 points.
Uibo, who was named the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Men’s Freshman Field Athlete of the Year, is coming off a league title at the SEC Championships during the second week of May. He currently stands second in the nation by only 70 points and is third in the world.
“Maicel came to UGA ready to go to work,” said Bulldog assistant coach Petros Kyprianou, who has three multi-event student-athletes qualified for the NCAA Championships. “This is another honor for him to validate his hard work and invaluable talent in this event. The fact that he was voted by European federations to this honor says a lot about his talent and desire to improve and develop in to one of the best in the world.
“Additionally, it is a huge honor for our program to be able to attract this caliber of talent and continue to build on this strong foundation in the multi-events. Maicel’s teammates and training partners have only great things to say about him and his ability to push them along the way. His character and class are the trademark of the great job the Uibo family did in raising him to be the person he is today. I'm very fortunate to have him here.”
The European Athlete of the Month initiative was launched in January 2007 and is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport in Europe. European Athletics names a male and female winner each month. No athlete who has previously served a two-year doping ban can be nominated for the European Athlete of the Month.
While Uibo, sophomore Garrett Scantling (decathlon) and senior Lucie Ondraschkova (heptathlon) have already qualified for the finals of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on June 5-8, their teammates will battle during the preliminary rounds at the NCAA East Regionals in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday through Saturday.