Eaton finished the two-day Olympic decathlon competition with 8,869 points to defeat fellow American Trey Hardee.
Track and field
Oregon’s Eaton captures decathlon gold
Ashton Eaton’s Olympic gold medal in the decathlon was all but sealed when he reached the last event, the 1,500 meters, where he simply needed to finish in an average time to win the event. He cruised over the final four laps.
Eaton finished the two-day competition with 8,869 points to defeat fellow American Trey Hardee. It’s the first time the Americans have gone 1-2 in the Olympic decathlon since 1956.
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“That’s what Trey and I really, really wanted,” said Eaton, who’s from Eugene, Ore.
Among Americans, Eaton joins 2008 winner Bryan Clay, 1996 winner Dan O’Brien and, of course, Bruce Jenner, in earning the honor as “The World’s Greatest Athlete.”
Broken leg doesn’t stop American in relay race
Manteo Mitchell of the U.S. put in a gutsy preliminary performance in the men’s 4×400-meter relay. Mitchell was halfway through the opening lap of the heat when he felt something pop in his left leg. He managed to keep going and helped the Americans tie for first with the Bahamas in 2:58.87.
Doctors later told him he had a broken leg.
“I heard it and I felt it,” Mitchell said. “But I figured it’s what almost any person would’ve done in that situation.”
Dominant U.S. women reach gold-medal match
The U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world, has rolled undefeated through London, dropping only two sets. Destinee Hooker scored 24 points in Thursday’s 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 win over South Korea at Earls Court.
Coach Hugh McCutcheon made a special point of seeking out captain Lindsey Berg for a quick hug after the U.S. advanced to the gold medal match. Berg missed the last match with a strained left Achilles.
This is the 13th Olympics that has included women’s volleyball, but the U.S. has never done better than second place (twice, in 2008 and 1984).
• American teenager Claressa Shields danced, brawled and even stuck out her tongue. She also managed to win the first middleweight gold medal in women’s Olympic boxing. The 17-year-old Shields, from Flint, Mich., was too much for Russian opponent Nadezda Torlopova, posting a 19-12 victory in the final.
• Christian Taylor won the triple jump gold medal, overtaking U.S. teammate Will Claye with his fourth jump in the final. Taylor, the world champion, earned the Olympic title with a best jump of 17.81 meters.
• Maggie Steffens scored five times and the U.S. women’s water polo team beat Spain 8-5 to take the Olympic tournament for the first time.
• Kenya’s David Rudisha set a world record while winning the 800 meters in 1:40.91.
• In beach volleyball, Germany’s Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann beat reigning champions Alison and Emanuel of Brazil 23-21, 16-21, 16-14 in the men’s final. It was the first gold medal for a European team in a sport that has been dominated by the Brazilians and Americans.
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