American decathlete and former Oregon Duck track star Ashton Eaton once again proved he’s the greatest all-around athlete in the world on Sunday, winning the decathlon by 139 points over Germany’s Michael Schrader (8,809 points to 8,670). Canadian Damian Warner earned the bronze, finishing with a personal best of 8,512 points.
Eaton has been dominating the decathlon these past few years. Not only did he win the event at the 2012 Olympics in London, but he set the world record for points in a decathlon (9,039) at the 2012 U.S. Olympic trials, too.
(Bruce Jenner’s best was 8,634 points, in case you were wondering.)
Eaton spoke about his accomplishment afterwards, showing respect to his competition:
They’re all great competitors and when you come across that finish line it’s nothing but friends and accomplishments. I can just relax now, there’s certainly no thought of retirement, maybe I can just keep trying to improve and maybe score 9,000 points again. (Reuters)
Congratulations to Eaton on his remarkable performance. He’s definitely earned himself a bit of rest.