Although he contested the third event, two-time world champion Trey Hardee’s decathlon campaign appears to be over.
The world leader and US champion picked up an injury in the long jump but continued on to the shot put. His movement clearly restricted, Hardee managed a best of just 10.20m, moving him down to 26th in the overall standings.
Hardee suffered a similar fate in Moscow two years ago and was forced to withdraw from the decathlon after just three events.
Competition leader Ashton Eaton, meanwhile, maintained his advantage over the rest of the field. He recorded a solid 14.52m in the shot to bring his tally to 2830 points.
Pan American champion Damian Warner set his second PB of the day, throwing 14.44m in the first round to add two centimetres to his best. The Canadian remains in second place, just 83 points behind Eaton.
Germany’s Rico Freimuth produced the best mark of the event with 15.50m, moving him up one place into third overall with 2730 points.
Eelco Sintnicolaas also moved up in the standings from sixth to fourth after sending his shot out to 14.65m. Following Hardee’s misfortunes, the Dutchman now has a genuine chance of taking a medal.
So too does European indoor champion Ilya Shkurenev. The Russian is currently down in 13th place after his 14.09m effort in the shot, but always comes through strong in the second half of the competition. Germany’s Kai Kazmirek, currently in 11th, will also be in the medal hunt.
Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF