Track star Ashton Eaton has set a new world record in the decathlon.
June 24, 2012– Ashton Eaton set a new world record Saturday in the decathlon during the track and field trials for the U.S. Olympic team. In the last event of the competition, the 1,500 meters, he won with a time of 4:14.48 to finish with a point total of 9,039. That total surpassed the previous mark of 9,026, which was set by the Czech Republic’s Roman Sebrle in 2001.
Eaton also broke the American record that Dan O’Brien set over 20 years ago at 8,891. Eaton opened a huge lead after the first five events that were held Friday. He beat the current world champion in 110 hurdles Trey Hardee on Saturday by 0.01 seconds. He then was able to get an eighth place finish in what is considered his weakest event, the discus’ throw. He proceeded to win the pole vault following the discus.
Eaton, who is 24, was a track and field star when he attended Oregon. Last year at the world championship’s he finished in second to Hardee. O’Brien praised Eaton by saying he is the world’s best decathlete at the present time.
Other athletes of note to win a place on the Olympic team for the U.S. were Dawn Harper who won the 100-meter hurdles over Kellie Wells, with Lolo Jones placing third to secured a spot on the team. In the 100 meter women’s final, Carmelita Jeter edged Tianna Madison to win with Jeneba Tarmoh finishing third.