Damian Warner started his second day of competition at the track and field world championships by clocking the fastest time in the 110-metre hurdles to move into third overall in the decathlon on Saturday morning.
The Canadian, who is recovering from a stomach bug that has plagued other athletes at the event in London, England, recorded a time of 13.63 seconds in the hurdles.
However, Warner’s ninth-place result in his group in the discus throw (40.67 metres) dropped him back to fifth with 6048 points and three events remaining.
Kevin Mayer of France remains in the lead with 6296 points, Rico Freimuth of Germany is next with 6272, while Oleskiy Kasyanov of Ukraine is third at 6095.
Several days after being quarantined for that stomach bug, Warner is within striking distance of a medal and began the day in fourth place – just 14 points from a podium spot.
Warner fell ill earlier in the week with the viral gastroenteritis that has affected 40 athletes at the meet so far, and spent Tuesday and Wednesday quarantined in his hotel room.
The 27-year-old said Friday’s five events — 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 — were draining.
“It took a lot of energy out of me. I felt [it] in the 100 metres,” the 27-year-old told CBC Sports.
On Friday, Warner ran a season-best time of 47.47 seconds in the 400, moving into fourth place in the final event of the day.
“I’m hoping that I can put a special day [Saturday],” he said.
Warner is chasing his first decathlon world title after taking the silver medal in 2015 and bronze in 2013. He claimed bronze at last year’s Olympics. American Ashton Eaton, who is now retired, won gold each time.