Damian Warner clings to 2nd in decathlon after morning session

Defending Olympic champion Ashton Eaton of the United States extended his lead atop the decathlon standings to 115 points Thursday morning over Canada's Damian Warner after seven of 10 events.

Eaton, who is married to Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton, picked up 12 points on Warner in the discus — the final event of the morning — with a throw of 45.49 metres. Warner finished 11th of 26 competitors, improving his second throw of 42.43 to 44.93 on his third and final attempt.

Eaton has a point total of 6,398, followed by Warner (6,283), France's Kevin Mayer (6,211) and Germany's Kai Kazmirek (6,127), who moved ahead of Warner into second spot by the end of Wednesday's competition.

The decathlon concludes with the pole vault (12:25 p.m. ET), javelin throw (5:35 p.m.) and 1,500 (8:45 p.m.).

Warner, the 2015 world silver medallist, is attempting to become only the second Canadian to reach the Olympic podium in decathlon — after Dave Steen won bronze in 1988.

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