Ashton Eaton owned a slim lead after three decathlon events as the World Championships began in Moscow today. Eaton scored 2,755 points, with 1,011 in the 100 meters, 992 in the long jump and 752 in the shot put. Germany's Michael Schrader is second at 2,707 after leading all competitors in the long jump, while American Gunnar Nixon is third at 2,677. Defending World champion Trey Hardee is off to a slow start, sitting fifth with 2,634.
Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad & Tobago will not run in the World Championship sprints after testing positive for a banned substance. Baptiste trains with Tyson Gay, who also had a positive test recently.
Six women discus throwers topped the 63-meter automatic qualifying standard, led by Lithuania's Zinaida Sendriute at 64.16 (210 feet, 6 inches). The top contenders moved through easily except for China's Gu Siyu, who owns a big season best of 67.86/222-7, but posted three no-throws Saturday.
Favorite Renaud Lavillinie and Jan Kudlicka led the pole vault qualifiers after clearing 5.65/18-6-½, while 11 others got through at 5.55/18-2½, including all of the expected contenders.
Mohammed Aman was the fastest 800-meter qualifier at 1:44.93. There were no surprises on the track, although London silver medalist Nijel Amos of Botswana did not start.