U.S. Olympic Team Trials: Ashton Eaton Sets New World Record In Men's Decathlon

Ashton Eaton is poised to become a household name across the United States during the 2012 Olympic Games, setting a new world record in the men's decathlon Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon's Hayward Field. Eaton won the 1,500 meters in 4:14.48 for a total of 9.039 points, breaking the previous mark of 9.026 set by Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic in 2001.

Before track and field takes the national spotlight in London, fans in Eugene witnessed an emotional moment in the U.S. Olympic Trials, according to the Oregon Register Guard:

The Hayward Field crowd helped Eaton every step of the way in the 1,500, and over the final 10 meters, his competitors, Curtis Beach and Joe Detmer, stepped aside, so Eaton could finish first.

A tearful Eaton was hugged by his mom, Roslyn, and fiancee, UO heptathlete Brianne Theisen, moments after he finished the 1,500. He was then hugged by Dan O'Brien, whose American record also fell, and his coach, Harry Marra.

Here's Eaton's final line for each length of the 1500 meters:

Stay with our StoryStream for the latest from the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field in Eugene as Team USA is decided.

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