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Ashton Eaton finishes decathlon with new world record at US Olympic Track and Field Trials

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U.S. decathlete Ashton Eaton celebrates as he clears 5.30 meters in the decathlon pole vault at the U.S. Olympic Athletics Trials in Eugene, Ore., June 23.

In the decathlon, Ashton Eaton was ahead of a world-record pace for two events. His shot put throw of 46 feet, 7 3/4 inches slowed him down, but he still led two-time world champion Trey Hardee by 205 points with six events to go.

Eaton, an Oregon native, looked very much at home in the steady rain that swamped Hayward Field for the first of this 10-day event, during which up to 120 spots on the U.S. Olympic team will be awarded.

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Ashton Eaton and Curtis Beach react after the 1500m during the decathlon competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, June 23, in Eugene, Ore. Eaton finished the decathlon with a new world record.