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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 August, 2004, 16:36 GMT 17:36 UK
Decathlon countdown
Dean Macey
Macey is currently lying in fifth place
All the action from the Olympic stadium as Great Britain's Dean Macey concludes his decathlon challenge in the 1500m.

Macey clinches fourth place in the event - the same position he finished in Sydney four years ago and a remarkable achievement for a man who has suffered so many injuries over the past couple of years.

The 26-year-old from Essex paid the price for a poor pole vault on Tuesday afternoon which moved him out of contention for a medal and he began the final event in fifth place

He managed a best throw of 58.46m in the javelin - well below his personal best of 64.03.

But after closing the gap on fourth-placed Chiel Warners of the Netherlands to 11 points after the javelin, he overtook the Dutchman in the final event to finish on 8414 points.

Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic wins the event, with 8893 points, breaking Daley Thompson's Olympic record, American Bryan Clay takes silver while Kazahkstan's Dimitry Karpov is third

2120: Macey finishes the 1500m strongly, finishing second in his heat, in a little over four minutes 24 seconds leaving Warners trailing in his wake.

2108: Argentina's Santiago Lorenzo, who was in 28th place before the final event, wins the first of the two heats of the 1500m in four minutes 23.1 seconds.

2000:Macey remains in fifth place but closes the gap on Chiel Warners of the Netherlands to only 11 points.

Roman Sebrle is on 8213 points, 63 points ahead of Bryan Clay while Dmitriy Karpov slips down to third on 8033 points.

The final event of the night, the 1500m, gets underway at 2105 BST.

1955: Chiel Warners of the Netherlands, who is in fourth place, 57 points ahead of Macey after eight events, can only manage a best throw of 55.39 to give Macey hope of moving back up to fourth.

1935: After Roman Sebrle throws 67.09 in the second round, he manages 70.52 with his third and final throw.

Although Karpov throw a lifetime best in the second round of 55.54, he fouls heis final one and it means Sebrle will take the lead from Karpov with only one event to go.

1920: Second-placed Roman Sebrle starts his challenge with a massive opening round throw of 68.95 to set down a marker to the rest of the field. Competition leader Dmitriy Karpov can only manage 51.22 in response and his lead could be in doubt.

1840: The good news for Macey is that Jamaica's Claston Bernard and Russia's Aleksandr Pogorelov, who are in sixth and seventh, cannot throw further than him so he will be hopeful of not moving down in the overall standings.

1835: Macey finishes off with his worst throw of the competition which ends up as a foul and he will not be happy with his performance in the event.

1822: Bryan Clay continues his superb form with a new personal best with his third throw - 69.71m - surpassing his old PB of 68.36.

1815: Macey manages 58.46m in the second round - an improvement of 120 points on his first round throw.

1800: Clay improves on his first round throw with 66.97m and will now challenge Sebrle and Karpov, who compete in the second group.

1740: Dean Macey begins his challenge with a very disappointing opening round throw of 49.98m and his body appears to be aching after eight tough events.

Claston Bernard fares a little better with 53.79 to overtake him in the standings but Macey still has a couple of throws to go.

Bryan Clay strengthens his grip on third place with an impressive 62.34m.

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