INDIANAPOLIS - Ashton Eaton has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the IAAF World Indoor Championships heptathlon in a world record of 6,645 points on March 10 in Istanbul, Turkey.
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Eaton (Eugene, Ore.) bettered his own world record from 2010 by 146 points. The U.S. now claims the top-four performances of all time with Eaton taking the top three marks and Dan O’Brien’s 1993 world record of 6,476 taking the fourth spot.
Over the two day competition, Eaton won five of the seven events to finish well ahead of runner-up Oleksiy Kasyanov of Ukraine (6,071). Eaton also earned a personal best in the long jump with a mark of 8.16m/26-9.25.
“My next target is going to be the Olympic Trials because we have such a good team,” Eaton said after winning his gold medal. “I’m a lot further along (than I was during the world record in 2010) now as a professional. I haven’t peaked yet. I hit some good marks. I just want to stay healthy.”
For more information on Eaton's performance and full Team USA results from the IAAF World Indoor Championships, visit www.usatf.org
Now in its eleventh year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org
. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2012 Winners: January 5, Landon Peacock; January 11, Kirubel Erassa; January 18, Shalane Flanagan; January 26, John Nunn; February 1, Gunnar Nixon; February 8, Jenn Suhr; February 14, Jillian-Camarena Williams; February 22, Brycen Spratling; February 28, Chaunte Lowe; March 7, Eric Broadbent; March 14, Ashton Eaton