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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.