Falling just short of breaking his own world record, Ashton Eaton defended his world indoor heptathlon title in Sopot on Saturday, becoming only the second athlete to ever win the event twice.
Eaton finished with 6,632 points, a mere 13 points shy of mark he set at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. Headed into the last event — the 1,000 meters — Eton needed to record a time of 2:33.54 to set the new record. Despite a push at the end, Eaton couldn’t quite reach the mark, turning in a time of 2:34.72.
Speaking with Eurosport after the event, Eaton said he was disappointed in the outcome: “I’m never really satisfied if I don’t get a personal best. Yeah, I’m disappointed. I wish I would have gotten the world record.”
Even putting his world records aside, Eaton’s recent dominance of the track and field world has been remarkable. In only two years, the 26-year-old has captured the aforementioned two world indoor titles in the heptathlon, a world decathlon title, and an Olympic gold medal.
[Source: Olympic Talk]