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American decathlete

  • Ashton James Eaton is an American decathlete.
  • He was born on January 21, 1988.
  • He competes for the Oregon Track Club Elite team based in Eugene, Oregon.
  • In college, Eaton competed for the University of Oregon, where he was a five-time NCAA champion, and won The Bowerman award in 2010.
  • He holds the world record in both the decathlon and heptathlon events.
  • He is only the second decathlete (after Roman Šebrle) to break the 9,000-point barrier, with 9,039 points.
  • He is a two-time medalist (one gold, one silver) at the World Championships.
  • He has qualified to represent the United States in the decathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
  • He won the London 2012 Olympics Gold Medal in Men's Decathlon 1500m event with 8869 points.

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