Australian Ash Moloney is just 81 points from the lead in second spot after a brilliant showing on day one of the decathlon at the Tokyo Olympics.
Moloney, 21, finished day one in commanding style with the leading performances in the high jump (2.11 metres) and his pet event the 400m (46.29sec).
The 2018 world junior champion had 4641 points after five of 10 events, just behind the early pacesetter, Damian Warner from Canada (4722), who began the competition with a blistering 100m run of 10.12sec.
They don't call it the high jump for nothing.
2.11m for Ash Moloney – a new personal best – and he moves into the silver medal position after 4 events in the decathlon with 3647 points.@CedricDubler cleared 2.05m and has 3324 points.#TokyoTogether pic.twitter.com/ynGBnfOBEO
— AUS Olympic Team (@AUSOlympicTeam) August 4, 2021
Another Canadian Pierce LePage was third overall with 4529.
Australian Cedric Dubler is in 15th spot on 4184, having battled a hamstring injury in the lead-up to the Games.
The concluding five events take place on Thursday.
Ash is excited and so are we! He finishes day one of the decathlon in 2nd place on 4641 points after running 400m in 46.29, with Cedric Dubler in 15th overall with 4184 points. How far can he go? #TokyoTogether #ThisIsAthletics #Olympics #Athletics pic.twitter.com/1tWfzZh4uX
— Athletics Australia (@AthsAust) August 4, 2021