Athletics: Mayer leads world decathlon


France’s Olympic silver medallist Kevin Mayer led the world decathlon after the first three events in London on Friday.
A season’s best shot put of 15.72 metres in the third discipline saw the Frenchman amass 2,703 points to leapfrog Germany’s Rico Freimuth, now in second on 2,678.
American Trey Hardee, world champion in 2009 and 2011, sits in third (2,647), while Canada’s Olympic bronze medallist Damian Warner is sixth (2,590).
The decathletes, seeking to become the first man other than the now retired Ashton Eaton to win a global decathlon event since 2011, compete in the high jump and 400m later on Friday.
Saturday sees them competing in the 110m hurdles, discus and pole vault in the morning session before rounding off with the javelin and 1500m.


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