2011 USA Outdoor: Ashton Eaton Wins Dec, scores WL 8729, by Alfons Juck, note by Larry Eder

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Eaton_AshtonLJ-USout11.JPGAshton Eaton, USA Outdoor, Decathlon, photo by PhotoRun.net

A jubilant Harry Marra, coach of Ashton Eaton, and I chatted just before the 1500 meters of the decathlon. "This is Ashton's first decathlon in nearly a year, he got some rust out." noted Marra, the dean of American decathlon coaches.

Eaton_Ashton100-USout11.JPGAshton Eaton, USA Outdoor, Decathlon, photo by PhotoRun.net

Eaton impressed. His 110m hurdles is second in the world to only Frank Buseman of Germany from 1996 (13.47). Eaton has learnt to throw, and his final 1,500 meters, in 4:24.10, showed the promise of this young man.

As I noted on our RN broadcast, Ashton Eaton will be a star in 2012, 2016 and 2020. We have a decathlete legacy once again!

Eaton_AshtonSH1-USout11.JPG Ashton Eaton, USA Outdoor, decathlon, photo by PhotoRun.net

DECATHLON: WL FOR EATON, CLAY IS OUT

EUGENE (USA, Jun 24): Olympic decathlon winner Bryan Clay crashed out of the decathlon in a 110m hurdles fall, but said he hoped to make the World Championships team. Clay strained his right calf when he hit a hurdle and fell. Because he holds the 'A' qualifying standard (8200, and he has 8483 last year in Gotzis), such an appeal could succeed, specially when second Jon Harlan has only B-standard (8011) and third Miller Moss (7878) is without the standard. USA can have four athletes in decathlon, title defender Trey Hardee competed on Friday in two decathlon events (44.91 in discus and 505 in pole vault) and also equalled his 110 m hurdles PB in individual heats (13.69, +0.6). Clay is unlucky in last two World trials, in 2009 he withdrew from the trials without competing because of a hamstring injury. World indoor record holder Ashton Eaton was the hero of the day as he scored 8729 points, what is new world leader, personal best and 5th best US all-time. He started Friday with best US decathlon time ever 13.52 (+1.6) at 110 m hurdles (and second best globally, only German Frank Busemann 13.47 in Atlanta at 1996 Olympics was faster), continued with 41.58 discus, 505 pole vault, 56.19 javelin PB and ended with fast 4:24.10 in the 1500 m.

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