Eaton Wins Decathlon Gold

    LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09:  Ashton Eaton of the United States holds the nation's flag as he celebrates winning gold in the Men's Decathlon on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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    What an underachiever. The United States’ own Michael Eaton claimed a gold medal in the decathlon Thursday, but fell short of breaking his own world record for the event. His winning score of 8,869 points is the eighth-highest for the event in Olympic history. In order to win, Eaton had to sprint, run, jump, throw and vault with more skill than his competitors—including teammate Trey Hardee, who finished second. The wins marks the first time the U.S. has taken two decathlon medals in one Games since 1956.

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