12 Aug 2013

Eaton wins world decathlon championship

1:30 pm on 12 August 2013

American Ashton Eaton cemented his position as the world's greatest athlete when he won the world decathlon title, completing a spectacular hat-trick having won Olympic gold and broken the world record last year.

Eaton led from the first event when he laid down a marker with a 10.35-seconds 100 metres, completing the first day with the fastest 400m ever run in a decathlon world championships.

He poured on the pressure on the second day as a 5.20 metre pole vault and a brave 64.83m last-throw javelin opened a virtually unassailable lead and he made no mistake in the 1,500m finale to triumph with 8,809 points.

Germany's Michael Schrader took silver with 8,670 while Canadian Damian Warner of Canada got bronze with 8,512.

New Zealander Brent Newdick was 23rd with 7,744 points.