Posted: Jun 23, 2012 8:34 PM by Bill Halter
Updated: Jun 23, 2012 10:58 PM
Ashton Eaton broke the world record in the decathlon Saturday, finishing with 9,039 points at the U.S. Olympic trials to beat the Roman Sebrle's 11-year-old mark by 13 points.
Eaton, the 24-year-old from Bend, Oregon competed at Cal Poly last summer and at USCB this summer. He needed a time of 4 minutes, 16.37 seconds in the 1,500 meters to break the mark. He finished in 4:14.48.
Eaton opened the decathlon Friday with world-best marks for the decathlon in the 100 and long jump. He stayed in striking range of Sebrle's world record of 9,026 points throughout Day two.
On this, the 100th anniversary of the first time the decathlon was held in the Olympics, Eaton joined Bruce Jenner, Dan O'Brien and Rafer Johnson among the Americans to hold the world record. Trey Hardee finished second.
Cal Poly graduate Corbin Duer finished 15th among the 19 competitors in the decathlon. Duer posted a score of 6,584. Duer's marks Saturday included 15.23 seconds for 11th place in the 110 high hurdles, 133 feet, 3 inches for ninth place in the discus, 168-9 for 12th place in the javelin and 4:40.44 for seventh place in the 1,500-meter run. Duer did not clear a height in the pole vault.
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