Ayden Owens-Delerme leads the first day of the world championship decathlon

EUGENE – The day one leader in the decathlon at the World Championships in Athletics is a household name for Razorback fans. Ayden Owens-Delerme, representing Puerto Rico, leads with a career-best 4,606 points.

In the fifth event of the first day, a world-class 400m time of 45.07 seconds, scoring 1,056 points, propelled Owens-Delerme into the lead. Currently, Canadian Pierce LaPage is second with 4,485 points while American Zachery Ziemek is third with 4,469 points.

“I wasn’t aware I was leading,” Owens-Delerme said. “It doesn’t change my approach for tomorrow. I’m going to go out and perform and put on a show. I am ready to go into battle.

Owen-Delerme’s time narrowly missed the world and championship best decathlon of 45.00 set by Ashton Eaton in 2015. It bettered Owen-Delerme’s previous best of 46.10 set at the championships. the NCAA, also at Hayward Field, in June.

“He knew and we knew he was ready for something special in the 400m,” Arkansas assistant coach Travis Geopfert said. “It was about running a race. Going out there and performing so well, it just shows the type of elite athlete he really is.

Owens-Delerme broke the Puerto Rican national record in the 400m, beating the previous mark of 45.60 set by Hector Carrasquillo in 2010 at the Ibero-American Championships in Spain.

Owens-Delerme’s 45.07 would have ranked sixth in the 400m final at these World Championships.

“I came here to perform, represent Puerto Rico, represent the Owens and Delermes,” said Owens-Delerme, whose best score the day before was 4,490 at the 2022 NCAA Championships. best of my ability. I listened to my coach, Travis Geopfert, he’s the best coach in the world.

“We’re not done yet. It’s unfinished business as they say. It’s a decathlon, it’s a test of the mind, not the body. So we have more to do.

Canada’s Damian Warner, a gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, led after the high jump with 3,696 points. However, running in the same 400m heat as Owens-Delerme, Warner stopped with a cramp on his back and did not finish.

The rest of the top five scores after day one include American Kyle Garland (4,413) and Australian Ashley Moloney (4,378) while world record holder Kevin Mayer of France (4,372) sits sixth. .

Owens-Delerme opened the decathlon with a 10.52 in the 100m for 970 points, fourth best among 23. Leading the pack with a time of 10.27 for 1,027 points, Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Damian Warner of Canada.

A career-best 25-0.75 (7.64) followed in the long jump for Owens-Delerme, who added an additional 970 points to take his total to 1,940 as he remained fourth in scoring.

In the shot put, a 49-1.5 (14.97) throw added 788 points to Owens-Delerme’s total, producing a total of 2,728 points and propelled him to third place by three points on Canadian Pierce LaPage.

A high jump mark of 6-7.5 (2.02), an outdoor record, added 822 points as Owens-Delerme moved back into fourth place with a total of 3,550 points.

“I’m really proud of him and how he kept his composure throughout the day,” Geopfert said. “The 100m wasn’t what he wanted, but he came back and did a great job in the long jump. We had a miss in the shot put and he kept his cool until it was corrected. Next, he achieved an outdoor record in the high jump.

In the 100m hurdles, Razorback Yoveinny Mota missed access to the semi-final by the smallest of margins. Mota finished sixth in the sixth and final preliminary run with a time of 13.12.

A total of five hurdlers clocked the same time of 13.12, three qualified and two did not qualify for the semi-final.

Costa Rica’s Andrea Vargas posted a 13.12 (13.120) as the fourth round runner-up to automatically advance to the next round. Japan’s Masumi Aoki edged Mota in the final run by a margin of 13.112 to 13.114.

Switzerland’s Ditaji Kambundji finished fifth in round three with a 13.113, advancing to the final by 0.001 over Mota. The other hurdler who did not advance was Ebony Morrison of Liberia with a 13.119.

British hurdler Cindy Sember, who trains in Fayetteville, clocked the sixth-fastest first-round time with a 12.67 that put her second behind world record holder Keni Harrison in 12.60 in the same series with Mota.

“I felt I ran pretty well,” Sember noted. “It was a bit rusty but I feel competitive and I want to be ready for the final.

“First of all, the plan is to go through every round and reach the final. I really hope to be there, it will be special.

World Championships | Arkansas (PT) Timetables

sunday | July 24

9:35 a.m. Decathlon 110 hurdles Ayden Owens-Delerme
10:30 a.m. Decathlon Disk Ayden Owens-Delerme
12:15 p.m. Decathlon Pole vault Ayden Owens-Delerme
5:05 p.m. F 100 hurdles Semi final Cindy Sember
5:05 p.m. Decathlon Javelin Ayden Owens-Delerme
7:00 p.m. F 100 hurdles FINAL (Cindy Sember)
7:20 p.m. Decathlon 1,500m Ayden Owens-Delerme

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