Kevin Mayer takes early lead in decathlon at World Championships

Solenn Plantier
Août 13, 2017

Warner started his second day of competition by clocking the fastest time in the 110-metre hurdles to move into third place overall.

France's Kevin Mayer on Saturday became the first man other than the now-retired Ashton Eaton to win a global decathlon event since 2011 when he claimed gold in the world championships.

German teammates Rico Freimuth and Kai Kazmirek sat in second and third at 7894 and 7796 respectively. Germany's Rico Freimuth, bronze victor two years ago in the Beijing worlds, took silver in 8,564 points and his compatriot Kai Kazmirek won bronze in 8,488.

That left him on 7,237 points, ahead of Freimuth (7,121) and Kazmirek (7,021) with just the javelin and 1500m remaining.

The 25-year-old also performed well in the shot put, where he threw a season's best of 15.72 meters to finish second, and was fourth in the long jump with a leap of 7.52 meters. Warner was in a medal position after posting the best time among all athletes in the 110m hurdles but faded over the final four events on day two of decathlon action.

First, the USA's former two-time world champion Trey Hardee went down hard before Russian Ilya Shkurenyev, competing as a neutral, pulled up clutching his hamstring after the penultimate flight of barriers.

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