Friday, 12 June 2009 Eaton defends Decathlon title - NCAA Championships Day 2
Ashton Eaton en route to his 8241 point tally at the NCAA Championships (Kirby Lee)
relnewsNCAA Champs, Day 1
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - Ashton Eaton of the University of Oregon won his second consecutive NCAA decathlon championship with an impressive 8,241 tally to highlight the second day competition at the NCAA Championships.
Eaton’s score was nearly 200 points ahead of Frenchhman Mateo Sossah of the University of North Carolina. Technically, Eaton’s score was wind-aided because of a 4.1 m/s aiding wind in his 10.35 100m. But there is no doubt that the 21-year-old Oregon native has reached the edge of world class.
Eaton’s Oregon teammate, Galen Rupp, won the men’s 10,000m in 28:21.45, blasting away from Shawn Forrest (AUS) and Sam Chelanga (KEN) with a 58-second next-to-last lap and then coasting home in 61.
In other men’s finals, the men’s Long Jump was won by Ngoni Makusha of Zimbabwe with a final-round jump of 8.11m, while the next eight finishers reched 7.89 or better. The men’s Shot Put was won by favourite Ryan Whiting with a 20.11m toss, coming from behind with his fifth throw to beat Zack Lloyd’s 19.86m.
The women’s finals were won by: Shot Put, Miriam Kevkhishvili (GEO), who repeated her victory of a year ago to edge Sarah Stevens, 17.79m to 17.58m; Danette Doetzel (CAN), who took the 10,000m in 33:25.71; and Kimberly Williams of Jamaica in the Long Jump, who broke a three-way tie for first at 6.54m with a second-best jump of 6.35.
Good qualifying marks included Porscha Lukas’ heat and semi-final wins in the women’s 200m in 22.52 (+1.8) and 22.38 (+0.5); Croat Martin Maric’s 61.53m to lead the men’s discus trials in which eight other bettered 58m; and strong semi-final victories in the men’s 400m Hurdles by Jeshua Anderson (48.27) and Johnny Dutch (49.48).
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