Czech Republic decathlete Roman Sebrle wrote his own page in the athletic’s history books on May 28, 2001 when he became the first man to break the mythical decathlon 9000 points barrier by recording a total of 9,026 in Gotzis, Austria.
On June 23, 2012 in Eugene, Oregon at the U.S. Olympic Trials Ashton Eaton crossed the finish line in a time that would put his name in the record books with 9,039 points in the U.S. Olympic trials to beat Roman Sebrle’s 11-year-old mark by 13 points.
A few minutes later, Ashton Eaton took the mini American flag he’d been handed as a newly minted member of the U.S. Olympic team and stabbed it into the turf near the scoreboard that displayed his accomplishment: “World Record Decathlon. Ashton Eaton. 9,039 points.”
“I wanted it to be a special event because this is my home state, my hometown, my home university,” Eaton said to the crowd at Oregon’s Hayward Field. “And just from the start, I just wanted to perform well.”
What to do for an encore?
We’ll see in three weeks in London…
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