Outdoor track and field action heated up around the United States during the past week with several events at warm-weather sites. Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton competed in four of the 10 events at the Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational in California on April 5 and 6. Eaton showed that he hasn't gone soft after his London triumph as he ran a personal best 400-meter time of 45.64 seconds.
Promising 20-year-old American sprinter Octavious Freeman took the 100-200 double in 11.02 and 22.85 seconds, respectively, at the Florida Relays last Friday. Reese Hoffa established the world lead in the shot put at the same event on Saturday, with a strong early-season toss of 21.33 meters (69 feet, 11 inches).
Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia won the 5,000-meter race in Carlsbad, California for the third time, finishing in 13:21 on Sunday, while Ethiopia's Gelete Burka won the women's race in her first try, in 15:26.
In European action, Boru Tadese of Ethiopia won the women's half of Paris' Schneider Electric Marathon on Sunday in a course record 2:21:06, while Kenya's Peter Some won the men's event in 2:05:38.