Canada's Damian Warner, Pierce LePage lead Tokyo decathlon after first session

Zachery Ziemek, of United States, Damian Warner, of Canada, Steven Bastien, of United States, Pierce Lepage, of Canada and Garrett Scantling, of United States, from left, compete in the decathlon 100-metres at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

A pair of Canadians sit atop the leaderboard after the first session of events in the men's decathlon competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Damian Warner, from London, Ont., is in first place with an overall score of 2,966 while Pierce LePage of Whitby, Ont., is second with 2,773 points.

The scores are cumulative after the first three events of the two-day competition: the 100-metre dash, long jump and shot put.

Warner, ranked No. 1 in the world entering the Olympics after setting a historic score of 8,995 earlier this year in Austria, is competing at a record pace in the early events. In the 100-metre race, his time of 10.12 seconds tied his previous decathlon world record while his long jump of 8.24 metres set a new Olympic record.

LePage wasn't far behind his compatriot, however. The 25-year-old posted the third-fastest time in the 100-metres, running a blistering 10.43, then posted the second-best distance in the long jump with a season's best of 7.65 metres.

The decathlon will continue during the Wednesday night session of the athletics competition (Wednesday morning in North America) with the high jump and 400 metres. The final five events — 110-metre hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and the 1,500 metres — will be contested Thursday.

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