LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Ashton Eaton (L) of the United States and Trey Hardee (R) of the United States celebrate under the Olympic Cauldron after winning gold and silver in the Men's Decathlon on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Sta

World's Greatest Athlete: American Ashton Eaton Wins Gold In Decathlon

The title of "World's Greatest Athlete" now belongs to American Ashton Eaton. The world record holder won men's decathlon gold in at the Summer Olympics, beating teammate Trey Hardee, who takes silver.

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Is Decathlon Gold Medalist Ashton Eaton Now The World's Greatest Athlete?

U.S. Olympians Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee might be the best decathletes, but they're mediocre at each individual event.

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American Ashton Eaton Wins Gold In Decathlon, Trey Hardee Gets Silver

The title of "World's Greatest Athlete" now belongs to Ashton Eaton of the United States.

Just a bit more than six weeks after breaking the world record in the event, Eaton won gold in men's decathlon on Thursday at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing with 8,869 points. Fellow Team USA member and two-time defending world champion Trey Hardee won the silver (and the title of "World's Second-Greatest Athlete?") with 8,671 points. It marks the first time Americans went 1-2 in the Olympic decathlon since Milton Campbell and Rafer Johnson accomplished the feat in 1956. (The last time any two countrymen took the top two spots in the event was 1988, when Germans Christian Schenk and Torsten Voss took gold and silver, respectively.)

Cuba's Leonel Suarez won his second consecutive bronze medal, totaling 8,523 points to hold off Belgium's Hans van Alphen. Roman Šebrle of the Czech Republic -- who won gold medalist at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens and held the world record in the event before Eaton came along -- did not finish, withdrawing due to injuries.

Decathlon is a two-day, 10-event competition. Day 1 consists of the 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m, and Day 2 includes the 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m.

Eaton had the best performance in three of the disciplines, winning the 100m, long jump and 400m. He also finished tied for second in high jump and took third in pole vault. In the final event of the competition, the 1500m, Eaton placed seventh, finishing in a time of 4 minutes, 33:59 seconds. He needed to run 4:29.86 to break the Olympic record of 8,893 points.

Eaton becomes the second consecutive American to win men's decathlon, following Bryan Clay's gold medal in Beijing. It's the first time the U.S. has won back-to-back golds since 1956 and 1960.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub.

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Ashton Eaton Leads Men's Decathlon Early On Day 2, Trey Hardee Second

With strong performances on the 110m hurdles and discus throw, two American athletes have the top two slots with three events left in the men's decathlon.

Trey Hardee had the fastest heat of any competitor on the hurdles and the third longest throw on the discus, keeping him in second place, while Ashton Eaton held on to the top spot with the second-fastest hurdles heat, despite a poor showing on the discus.

Hardee ran the hurdles at a personal best 13.54, closely followed by Eaton at 13.56. Only one other competitor, Rico Freimuth of Germany, cracked the 14-second mark. Freimuth would have the longest throw in the discus, 49.11 meters, as well, placing him in fifth overall for the competition. Eaton's toss in the discus was one of the worst in the field at 42.53 meters, allowing Freimuth to gain 136 points on his lead, but Eaton will still need to falter later for the poor showing to matter much as he still has a sizable lead.

The top of the standings with three events to go:

  1. Ashton Eaton, USA, 6409
  2. Trey Hardee, USA, 6310
  3. Oleksiy Kasyanov, Ukraine, 6111
  4. Damian Warner, Canada, 6097
  5. Rico Freimuth, Germany, 6047

The pole vault, javelin throw, and 1500m run are later today, wrapping up the competition.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub.

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Ashton Eaton Wins 400m, Increases Lead In Decathlon

The final event of men's decathlon on day one of the two-day event was the 400 meter dash, and it was won easily by American Ashton Eaton with a time of 46.90. No one else finished in under 48 seconds.

The 400m win gave Eaton another 963 points, bringing his total to 4661 points halfway through the decathlon, and increased his lead over fellow American Trey Hardee who is currently in second place with 4441 points. Canada's Damian Warner is third with 4386 points.

Hardee, the two-time defending world champion, had the third-best time in the 400m, running it in 48.11 seconds.

Eaton, the current world record holder in the event after breaking the 11-year old mark earlier this year at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, won three of the five events on Wednesday: 100m, long jump and 400m. He was 11th in shot put and second in high jump.

The competition concludes on Thursday with five more events: 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub.

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Americans Ashton Eaton, Trey Hardee Early Leaders In Men's Decathlon After 2 Events

American Ashton Eaton is the early leader in men's decathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics following the first two events Wednesday morning. Eaton had the best performance in both the 100 meters and long jump, putting him first place with 2079 points. Another member of Team USA, Trey Hardee, two-time defending World Champion, is second, with 1936 points.

All eyes are on Eaton after he scored 9,039 total points at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June, breaking Roman Serbie's 11-year world record. He was also the runner-up to Hardee at the 2011 World Championships

Eaton got off to the best start possible Wednesday morning, winning the 100m dash in 10.35 seconds, and placing first in long jump with a leap of 8.03 meters. Eaton's time in the 100m beat the 10.41s run by American Bill Toomey 44 years ago. Canada's Damian Warner is in third place after the first two events.

Decathlon is a two-day, 10-event competition. Day 1 consists of 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m, and on Day 2 it's 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw and 1500m.

American Bryan Clay, 2008 gold medalist, failed to qualify for London.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub.

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