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Ashton Eaton repeats as decathlon gold medalist

17 August 2016: Rio 2016 - Athletics - EATON Ashton (usa) - 400m decathlon Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Panoramic/Icon Sportswire) ****NO AGENTS---NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY****NO AGENTS---NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY****
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American Ashton Eaton won his second consecutive Olympic gold medal in the decathlon Thursday night in an Olympic Record-tying score 8,893 points. It represents a slight improvement over the score that won him gold four years ago in London. He now shares an Olympic record with Roman Seberle of the Czech Republic, who set the record at the Athens games in 2004.

The performance was also good to tie Eaton for the seventh-best decathlon score of all-time. He now holds four of the best decathlon performances of all-time including the World Record, which he initially set at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2012 in Eugene, Oregon. Last summer he broke his own world record in the Beijing Track and Field World Championships with a score of 9045.

With a gold in Rio, Eaton becomes just the third man ever to win two Olympic decathlons and the first since 1984. He now has four track and field gold medals in the decathlon on the world stage with additional golds at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.

Ashton’s wife, Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton, already took bronze in the heptathlon–the women’s equivalent of the decathlon–at Rio earlier in the track and field portion of the competition. The two met in college while they were both competing at the University of Oregon.

Eaton beat Kevin Mayer of France–who set a French record to take silver–and Damian Warner of Canada to win gold. Americans Zach Ziemek got seventh and Jeremy Taiwo finished in 11th in the event.

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