USA’s Ashton Eaton continues safely on his way to his second straight world decathlon title after clearing 2.01m in the high jump, the fourth event.
The 27-year-old was close to clearing 2.04m, but the bar did not quite stay up. The world record-holder has 3643 points at this stage and looks on course for a final score of 8900-9000 points.
The high jump competition itself was a high standard one for the decathlon. Six athletes cleared 2.10m, with Estonian Marcel Uibo and Belgian Thomas van der Plaetsen tied for the event win at 2.13m.
Behind overall leader Eaton, 2013 world bronze medallist Damian Warner of Canada is pulling away from the others and into a safe silver medal position. The 25-year-old cleared a season’s best of 2.04m in the high jump and now has 3587 points second place, some 53 points ahead of his national record series from the Pan American Games where he scored 8659.
Grenada’s Kurt Felix equalled his season’s best of 2.10m for 3518 total points and third place after four events. The 27-year-old is one of seven athletes currently in contention for the bronze medal.
Germany’s Rico Freimuth is in fourth with 3488 points after an equal season’s best of 1.95m in the high jump. With compatriot Kai Kazmirek, who jumped a 2.10m season’s best for 3434 points for sixth place, they are projected to surpass 8400 points and will be among those fighting for medals.
Between the two Germans in the points is Ukrainian Oleksiy Kasyanov with 3434, the same score as Kazmirek. He jumped a 2.01m season’s best in the fourth event, but doesn’t look to be in form to challenge for the medals here.
Russia’s Ilya Shkurenev celebrated with a dance after his 2.10m clearance. The European indoor champion has scored 3423 points for eighth place and can challenge for a medal.
Brazilian Felipe dos Santos is seventh with 3430 points after a 2.01m high jump, but he is in the same boat as Kasyanov and may well move down the rankings during the next few events.
Algerian Larbi Bourrada jumped 2.07m for 3416 points. The 27-year-old is 92 points up on his national record pace and is challenging for a medal.
German Michael Schrader is in 10th with 3403 points having cleared 1.95m and is heading towards a score in excess of 8400. One more athlete to be noted is Dutchman Eelco Sintnicolaas, who is in 12th with 3381 points after a 1.92m high jump. He too is trying to get to the top eight.
Mirko Jalava for the IAAF