Rio Olympics 2016: Ashton Eaton retains decathlon title to match Daley Thompson

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USA's Eaton wins men's decathlon

American Ashton Eaton has become the third man to retain the Olympic decathlon title, winning in Rio to emulate Great Britain's Daley Thompson, and the USA's Bob Mathias.

The 28-year-old world record holder equalled the Olympic record - set by Czech Roman Sebrle at Athens 2004 - by scoring 8,993 points in Rio.

France's Kevin Mayer took silver with 8,834, while Canada's Damian Warner secured bronze with 8,666.

"To win two Olympic golds in a row like Daley and Mathias is very special," said Eaton.

"One day, I'm going to have to meet Daley, shake his hand and thank him for giving me something to chase after.

"My throwing has been bad in the past, but I really got after the discus and shot here. Can I do three in a row? Maybe you should ask Daley."

Eaton in the decathlon
EventResultPoints
100mSecond (Heat 4) - 10.46s985
Long jumpFirst (Group A) - 7.94m1045
Shot putSixth (Group A) - 14.73m773
High jumpSixth (Group B) - 2.01m813
400m First (Heat 4) - 46.07s1005
110m hurdlesSecond (Heat 4) - 13.80s1000
Discus Third (Group B) - 45.49m777
Pole vaultFourth (Group A) - 5.20m 972
Javelin 11th (Group B) - 59.77m734
1500mThird (Heat 2) - 4:23.33s789
Total:8893

Eaton was the overwhelming favourite to follow Thompson's achievement from 1980 and 84 and is the third multi-eventer, alongside American heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, to win back-to-back Olympic titles.

He has dominated the event since 2011, claiming back-to-back world titles and twice setting new world records along with his Olympic success.

No British athlete competed in the 10-discipline event.

Ashton Eaton personal bests v world records

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