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Ashton Eaton

Ashton Eaton

Event: Decathlon
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
PR: Decathlon - 9,039 WR (2012); Heptathlon - 6,645iWR (2012); 110mH 13.35 (2014)
Born: 01/21/1988
Current Residence: Eugene, Ore.
Hometown: Bend, Ore.
High School: Mountain View (Ore.) HS ‘06
College: Oregon ‘10
Coach: Harry Marra
Agent: Paul Doyle
Sponsor: Nike
Club: Oregon TC Elite
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USA Championships
Three-time USA Outdoor champion - 2011 (8,729); 2012 (9,039 WR); 2013 (8,291)
2012 USA Indoor long jump champion (8.06m/26-5.5)
2009 USA Outdoor runner-up (8,075)

International Championships
2013 World Outdoor gold medalist (8,809)
2012 Olympic gold medalist (8,869)
Two-time World Indoor gold medalist - 2012 (6,645WR); 2014 (6,632)
2011 World Outdoor silver medalist (8,505)
  
Collegiate Championships
Three-time NCAA decathlon champion - 2008 (8,055); 2009 (8,241); 2010 (8,457)
Two-time NCAA heptathlon champion – 2009 (5,988); 2010 (6,499)
Three-time Pac-10 champion - 2008 (7,604); 2009 (8,091); 2010 (8,154)
 
Awards and Honors
2012 Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award winner
2010 Bowerman Award winner
2010 USTFCCCA Outdoor and Indoor Field Athlete of the Year
World decathlon (9,039) and indoor heptathlon record holder (6,645)
 
About Ashton
Eaton continued his multi-event dominance in 2013, winning both the USA Outdoor decathlon championship and the World Outdoor decathlon championship with relative ease. In 2014 Eaton successfully defended his World Indoor heptathlon title, narrowly missing out on his own world record, finishing with 6,632 points. In just three total multi-event competitions for Eaton in 2012, the former Oregon Duck standout set two world records and won an Olympic gold medal. He stole the stage during a rain-soaked Olympic Trials when he broke an 11-year old world record in the decathlon with 9,039 points. Needing to run 4:16.23 in the 1,500 meters to set the record, competitor Curtis Beach waved him through the finish in 4:14.48 before a deafening Hayward Field home crowd. Not giving the decathlon a thought until after high school, Eaton has improved his personal best by more than 900 points since 2008 and has set the world record in the indoor heptathlon three years in a row. When he first broke Dan O' Brien's heptathlon mark in 2010, he broke a record set when he was just five years old. Eaton qualified for his first World Outdoor Championships team in 2009 where he placed 18th. With quick, explosive events and just one throwing event, he indicated that he is best suited for the heptathlon. A one-man wrecking crew, at the 2008 Pac-10 Outdoor Championships, Eaton scored points for the Oregon Ducks in a total of five different events (decathlon, 200m, long jump, 4x100m and 4x400m). One of only four Ducks to ever break 8,000 points in the decathlon, as a prep star in Mountain View, Ore., he won Oregon 4A state titles as a senior in 2006 in the 400 meters (48.69) and long jump (24-0 1/4w), and was runner-up in the 200 meters (22.10) to land athlete of the meet honors. Also lettered in football as a running back and wrestled. His grandfather, James Eaton, was a Michigan State halfback. Married to Canadian Olympian and 2013 World pentathlon silver medalist Brianne Theisen-Eaton.
Results
2014:
110mH (13.35) at the Prefontaine Classic; 2nd place in the 400mH (49.07) at Hengelo FBK Games; 3rd place at Otstrava in 400mH (48.94); 6th place in the 400mH at Paris (49.58); 2nd place in the 400mH at Glasgow (48.69);
2013: 1st at World Outdoors (8,809); 1st at USA Outdoors (8,291)
2012: Olympic Games gold medalist (8,869); Olympic Trials champion (9,039 WR); 7th at Pre Classic 110mH (13.34); World Indoor gold medalist (6,645WR); USA Indoor long jump champion (8.06m/26-5.5); 1st at Texas A&M Challenge indoor 60m hurdles (7.73), 400m (47.97) and long jump (8.04m/26-4.5)
2011: World Outdoor silver medalist (8,505); USA Outdoor champion (8,729); 1st at Tallinn, Estonia heptathlon (6,568 points); Won the Millrose Multi Challenge over Bryan Clay and Trey Hardee with 2,666 points in the shot put, high jump and 60m hurdles
2010: NCAA Outdoor decathlon (8,457) and 4x100m champion (40.57); 1st at Texas Relays (8,310w); PAC-10 Outdoor decathlon (8,154), 110m hurdles champion (13.54) and long jump champion (7.81m/25-7.5); NCAA Indoor 4x400m champion (3:08.42); NCAA Indoor heptathlon (6,499) and long jump champion (7.73m/25-4.5); 1st at College Station Texas A&M Challenge heptathlon (6,256); 1st at Oregon Relays 110m hurdles (13.68)
2009: 18th at World Outdoors (8,061); USA Outdoor runner-up (8,075); PAC-10 Outdoor champion (8,091); Oregon Relays champion (8,023); NCAA Outdoor champion (8,241); NCAA Indoor champion (5,988); Seattle UW Invitational heptathlon champion (6,174)
2008: NCAA Outdoor champion (8,055); PAC-10 Outdoor champion (7,604); Sacramento Nike Elite Invitational champion (7,792); 6th at NCAA Indoor Heptathlon (5,676 points); 5th at Olympic Trials (8,122)
2007: 3rd at USA Junior Champs (7,155); 2nd at Pac 10 Champs (7,123); 2nd at USA Juniors LJ (7.32m/24-0.25); 11th at Pan Am Juniors
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013: 
Outdoor bests - decathlon, 8809 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the World, ranked No. 1 in the World by T&FN)
2012: Indoor bests - heptathlon, 6,645WR (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world); Outdoor bests - decathlon, 9,039WR (No. 1 in the USA & No. 1 in the world by TF&N)
2011: Indoor bests - heptathlon, 6,568 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world); Outdoor bests - decathlon, 8,720 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA & world by TF&N)
2010: Indoor bests - heptathlon, 6,499 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world); Outdoor bests - decathlon, 8,457 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 2 in the world by T&FN, ranked No. 1 in the USA by TF&N)
2009: Indoor bests - heptathlon, 5,988 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 6 in the world); Outdoor bests - decathlon, 8,091 (No. 3 in the USA by T&FN, No. 23 in the world)
2008: Indoor bests - heptathlon, 5,676 (No. 12 in the USA, No. 41 in the world); Outdoor bests - decathlon, 8,122 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 25 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the USA by TF&N)
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