Ashton Eaton, WR Holder, 9045, August 28-29, 2015, photo by PhotoRun.net
The Decathlon in Beijing ended with a roar.
Ashton Eaton set a new world record of 9045 points, breaking his old world record of 9029, set in July 2012. In the new world record, Ashton have five events better than Eugene in 2012 an five not as good. In the end, it came down to a 44 second last 300 meters in the 1,500 meters. That time of 4:16.62 gave him a new World Record, by the skin of his teeth.
Stuart Weir wrote a piece for me, short and to the point, on the decathlon and the nature of invididual talent. Decathletes are talented athletes. Last summer, Ashton Eaton needed a break, so he focused on the 400 meter hurdles. Ashton told me, after he ran so well in Glasgow, that it was the best thing that had happened to him in some time. He could concentrate on one event for some time.
But the past two days have been about making as few and as small mistakes that he could. Ashton Eaton is indeed, the "world's greatest athlete."