(EUGENE, Ore.) — Ashton Eaton erased Roman Sebrle’s 11-year-old decathlon mark on Saturday by 13 points.
In an event that distinguishes its Olympic winner as the greatest athlete in the world, Eaton finished the two-day even with 9,039 points and his time of 4 minutes, 14.48 seconds was a personal best in the 1,500 meters event.
“I wanted it to be a special event because this is my home state, my hometown, my home university,” he said to the crowd at Oregon’s Hayward Field. “And just from the start, I just wanted to perform well.”
For Eaton, it’s like being a kid in the candy store.
“I really, really love this event, and not just because I love to run and jump,” Eaton said. “To me, it’s my whole world. To do the best I can in my world makes me very happy
As for his plans in July at the summer games.
“Going into London, I’m not going to change a thing,” Eaton said. “Clearly.”
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News