Watching Ashton Eaton in person is a rare privledge
Special to the Post Independent
How many people can say that they have had the opportunity to watch a world-record holder in action? Take it from me, it is a rare privilege to witness this type of athleticism and talent first hand.
I will never forget watching Usain Bolt at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, Germany as he established the current world marks of 9.58 and 19.19 in the 100m and200m dashes.
What a thrill then and still is seven years later!
Today I am sitting in the east stands at Hayward Field watching Ashton Eaton compete in the men’s decathlon.
Eaton first established the world record at the 2012 Olympic Trials with 9039 points. He was able to break his own world record by scoring 9045 at the 2015 World Championships.
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Ashton Eaton’s talent is amazing. He is competitive in all 10 events of the decathlon, which is very unusual.
Eaton started off the day with the top time in the decathlon 100m running 10.34. He followed that up with a 25’ 8.75” effort in the long jump – again the top mark.
Shot put proved to be a little challenging for Eaton as he had the 7th best mark, throwing 46’ 0.75”, as did high jump where Eaton was 5th with a 6’ 6.5” jump.
The 5th and final event of the first day of decathlon competition is the 400m. Eaton closed his day with the top time in the one-lap sprint running 46.30 to bring his first day total to 4560 points and an 82 point lead.
The only final on the track on day 2 of the Trials was the women’s 10,000m. Molly Huddle led the race from start to finish to win the U.S. championship with a time of 31:41.62.
The women experienced better conditions then their male counterparts with race-time temperatures in the 70’s. Yesterday, the men ran the 10,000m in the late-afternoon sunshine with the track temp around 90 degrees and several competitors were forced to drop out.
Two finals in the field on Saturday were the women’s discus and women’s long jump.
The discus top 3 were Whitney Ashley (204’ 2”), Shelbi Vaughan (197’ 9”) and Kelsey Card (197’ 3”). The women’s long
jump saw Olympic gold medalist and 5-time world champion Brittney Reese leap to the second farthest jump in U.S. history with a 23’ 11.75”. Second place went to Tianna Bartoletta (23’ 0.5”) and third to Janay Deloach (22’ 9”).
For more information on the Olympic Trials, go to http://gotracktownusa.com/events/united-states-olympic-trials/. For a complete listing of the television coverage, go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/how-watch-us-olympic-track-and- field-trials.
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