EUGENE, Ore. - Ashton Eaton broke the world record in the decathlon Saturday, finishing with 9,039 points at the U.S. Olympic trials to beat the Roman Sebrle's 11-year-old mark by 13 points.
Eaton, 24, from Bend, Ore., graduated from the University of Oregon in 2010. He needed a time of 4 minutes, 16.37 seconds in the finale, the 1,500 meters, to break the mark. He finished in 4:14.48.
"All I could think was, this is happening, this is happening right now!" Eaton told KGW afterwards. "For it to happen... emotions come out, it'shard to explain."
Eaton opened the decathlon Friday with world-best marks for the decathlon in the 100 and long jump. He stayed in striking range of Sebrle's world record of 9,026 points throughout Day 2.
On this, the 100th anniversary of the first time the decathlon was held in the Olympics, Eaton joined Bruce Jenner, Dan O'Brien and Rafer Johnson among the Americans to hold the world record.
Both Jenner and O'Brien were in attendance at Hayward on Saturday, and O'Brien was the first to congratulate Eaton on breaking the record.
Trey Hardee finished second in the competition.