BEIJING, China—After three events of day 1 of the men’s decathlon, University of Washington alum Jeremy Taiwo (left/photo by Paul Merca) stands in 19th place at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships at the Bird’s Nest Stadium Friday with a three-event score of 2436 points.
Taino did not get off to a good start, as he only ran 11.06 (847 points) and followed it up with a sub-par performance in the long jump, jumping only 23-5.5 (7.15m/850 points), nowhere near his 2015 decathlon season event bests of 10.89, and 24-10 (7.57m)
In the long jump, the Newport HS grad appeared not to possess the speed down the runway, as he was wearing kinetic (K) tape on his left hamstring.
In event number three, he threw the shot 46-6.25 (14.18m), his second best throw in decathlon competition this season.
The final two events of day 1 will be contested later on Friday evening.
Eugene's Ashton Eaton, the reigning world and Olympic champ, leads after three events with 2830 points.
Also later on this evening, Vancouver native Kara Winger will line up to compete in the women’s javelin qualifying round.
NOTE: Renowned decathlon expert Frank Zarnowski wrote a comprehensive preview of the decathlon competition, which you can download here.