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Eaton looks for gold in decathlon

Published On: Aug 09 2012 03:49:02 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 09 2012 04:19:22 PM CDT
Ashton Eaton

Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

After setting a world record at the Olympic Trials, American Ashton Eaton entered the Olympic decathlon competition looking for gold.

 

He got it Thursday when he won the men’s competition with 8869 points over fellow American Trey Hardee. Hardee tallied 8671 points in the two-day competition. Cuba's Leonel Suarez was third with 8523 points.

 

This marked the second straight Olympics the U.S. has won the event. Bryan Clay brought the gold medal home from the Beijing Olympics in 2008. 

 

Eaton led the decathlon by 220 points after the event’s first day of competition. He held onto his lead Thursday to clinch the gold.