Ashton Eaton really began dominating men's multi-events competition in 2012, starting with the World Indoor Championships, where he won the heptathlon gold medal with a world record 6,645 points. In the summer, Eaton broke the decathlon world record with 9,039 points at the U.S. Olympic Trials. He then topped off his big year by winning the Olympic gold medal in London. Eaton didn't set any records at the 2013 World Championships, but he demonstrated that he was still solidly on top of the decathlon mountain, scoring 8,809 points in a decisive victory.
Decathlon Day 1:
Eaton started a bit slowly – by his recent standards – on day one in Moscow. He did lead all competitors in the first event, running 10.35 seconds in the 100 meters to score 1,011 points. He then leaped 7.73 meters (25 feet, 4¼ inches) in the long jump and threw the shot put 14.39/47-2½ for a total of 2,755 points after three events. Germany’s Michael Schrader led the way in the long jump, leaping 7.85/25-9, and finished the opening morning second overall with 2,707 points. Pascal Behrenbruch of Germany had the longest throw in the shot put at 15.86/52-0, while American Gunnar Nixon was consistent all morning and stood third overall after three events with 2,677 points. Defending World champion Trey Hardee got off to a slow start and sat fifth with 2,634.
Eaton fell to third place in the afternoon session after clearing a disappointing 1.93/6-4 in the fourth event, the high jump. Nixon led all competitors by topping 2.14/7-¼ to grab the overall lead, with Schrader in second. Hardee no-heighted and dropped out of the competition. Eaton bounced back in the day’s final event with a 46.02-second 400 meters – tops in the field – to move back in front overall with 4,502 points. Nixon was second at 4,493 and Schrader third with 4,427.
Decathlon Day 2:
Eaton enjoyed a good morning on the second day of the competition, opening a 181-point lead with two events remaining. The American expanded on his day one lead by running the 110-meter hurdles in 13.72 seconds, topping all of his competitors and adding 1,011 points to his total. He followed with a respectable discus throw of 45-0/147-7 and cleared 5.2/17-¾ in the pole vault to take 7,252 points into the evening session. A pair of Germans held the second and third spots overall. Schrader remained steady and had 7,071 points through eight events while Rico Freimuth, bolstered by a big 48.74/159-11 discus throw, was in third with 7,007. Other medal contenders included Canada’s Damian Warner (6,959 points), Carlos Chinn of Brazil (6,944), Russia’s Ilya Shkurenev (6,490) – who led everyone by clearing 5.40/17-8½ in the pole vault – Eelco Sintnicolaas of the Netherlands (6,922) and Nixon (6,898).
Eaton maintained his lead through the final two events to wrap up the World Championship gold medal. The American threw 64.83/212-8 in the javelin, giving him 8,063 points and a 168-point lead over Schrader through nine events. Russia's Sergey Svirdov, who was well behind the leaders, had the longest javelin throw at 69.38/227-7. Warner took a solid hold on third place with 7,767 points, 128 behind Schrader, so the medal spots were basically set with one event left, barring a disaster for one of the leaders in the 1500 meters. No disaster occurred. Gael Querin of France posted the fastest time, 4:18.58. More importantly, Eaton cruised through a safe 1500-meter run in 4:29.80 to complete his triumph. Schrader held on to second place with a personal best 8,670 points, while Warner took third with a personal best 8,512.
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