Ashton Eaton roars into decathlon lead at World Athletics Championships

Hardee sat in fifth on 2,634 after three events, while Germany's Michael Schrader was second (2,707) and another American, Gunnar Nixon, third (2,677), with Canadian Damian Warner in fourth (2,642).

updated: August 10, 2013 18:13 IST
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Moscow: American Ashton Eaton steered himself smoothly into pole position of the decathlon at the World Athletics Championships after the first three events on Saturday, including his least favoured shot put.

The 25-year-old kicked off the defence of his title with a leading 10.35sec in the 100m, a third-best 7.73m in the the long jump, and 14.39m in the shot put.

Eaton ended with 2,755 points with the high jump and 400m to come in the evening session. Sunday's second day of action features the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin and the 1500m.

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