Ashton Eaton in the decathlon 110m hurdles at the IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015
Ashton Eaton remains on course to threaten his own decathlon world record in the defence of his world title.
In the first event of the second day, the US all-rounder was drawn in the same 110m hurdles heat as Canada’s Damian Warner, the fastest decathlon sprint hurdler in history. Warner duly won, clocking 13.63, but Eaton was just 0.06 behind.
Eaton’s time was 0.01 faster than when he broke the decathlon world record. He now has 5718 points, just 24 shy of his six-event score from his world record series.
To break the world record, the 27-year-old needs to be close his personal best of 47.36m in the next event, the discus. He threw 45.00m in Moscow in 2013 and 42.81m in his world record series in 2012.
Warner has 5553 points after six events and appears to be the only likely candidate for the silver medal, which would be an improvement on his bronze from 2013.
After six events, the bronze medal is still very much in contention between five athletes. The two Germans currently in third and fourth, Rico Freimuth and Kai Kazmirek, are in the best position to challenge for the medal. Freimuth clocked a 13.91 season’s best in the 110m hurdles for 5392 points for the third place, while Kazmirek’s result was 14.39 for 5326 points for fourth.
Close behind is Ukrainian Oleksiy Kasyanov with 5317 points in fifth, but the 30-year-old usually drops down the standings during the last few events.
The third German, Michael Schrader, ran 14.19 for 5305 points and fifth place, just ahead of Algerian Larbi Bourrada. The 27-year-old Bourrada opened his second day with a 14.26 personal best and is in seventh place with 5286 points and is surprisingly challenging for a medal with the three Germans and Ilya Shkurenev. The Russian, currently eighth with 5278, is a decent discus thrower and a 5.40m pole vaulter, so he can be expected to overtake a few athletes in the next two events.
Mirko Jalava for the IAAF