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SOPOT---Ashton Eaton won yet
another gold medal and again
proved himself the "world s
greatest athlete," the title which
traditionally goes to the best
multi-event competitor in ath-
letics in Poland.
Yet after winning the hep-
tathlon at the world indoor
championships yesterday, all
Eaton could do was slam his fist
in frustration on the track s side
railing. He called himself "weak"
because he missed beating his
own world record by 1.18 seconds
over the closing 1,000 metres.
"I don t know, I m just men-
tally weak," Eaton said, feeling
he had not pushed himself
through enough pain and fatigue
to break the heptathlon world
"I thought I was more tired
than I actually was. And to me
that is just being weak. I should
push through being tired. It is
ridiculous," he said.
Eaton was effectively compet-
ing only against himself during
the two-day seven-event com-
petition, chasing the world record
points total he set at the world
indoors in Istanbul in 2012.
The defending champion held
a massive winning margin of 329
points over Andrei Krauchanka
of Belarus, while Thomas Van der
Plaetsen of Belgium took bronze.
Eaton finished the closing
1,000 in two minutes, 34.72 sec-
onds for a total of 6,632 points.
The record stands at 6,645.
Missed it by 13 points in a
Still, what he considered defeat,
not getting the world record, will
teach him a lot. "I am not a robot,
but I try," Eaton said.
Eaton still remembers the pain
of losing to American compatriot
Trey Hardee at the outdoor world
championships in Daegu three
years ago, and went back to the
drawing board to prepare for the
"I learned so much from fail-
ure," he said. Eaton has not looked
back since, winning everything
He intends to take a break from
the bruising multi-event disci-
plines and give himself respite
with a season of 400 hurdles.
It is another way to deal with
a setback and come back stronger
for the 2015 world championships
in Beijing and the Rio Olympics
the following year.
And, perhaps worst of all, he
doesn t even feel the toughest in
his own household anymore. Late
Friday, his Canadian wife Brianne
Theisen Eaton took silver in the
"Right now, Brianne is way
tougher than I am," he said.
There was plenty of other
American success to celebrate.
In the biggest upset of the cham-
pionships so far, Nia Ali caught
up with defending champion
Sally Pearson at the last hurdle
and outkicked her for the line to
take the 60 hurdles title in a per-
sonal best of 7.80 seconds, hold-
ing an .05 edge over the Aus-
In the women s 400, Francena
McCorory outlasted Kaliese
Spencer of Jamaica to add an
individual title to her world out-
door and Olympic 4x400 relay
It left the United States top of
the medal table with four gold
and six medals overall, followed
by Russia with two gold.
If Eaton rules the multi-events
like no one else, Valerie Adams
women s shot-put. She won with
20.67 metres over Germany s
Christina Schwanitz, who took
silver with 19.94. Since taking
silver at the 2010 indoors, the
New Zealander has won every
major event she s entered.
"This is my job and I love my
job," she said.
With great sprinters like
Jamaicans Usain Bolt and Yohan
Blake skipping the indoor cham-
pionships, the 60 race is hardly
to decide the world s fastest ath-
lete. But where most were
expecting another US--Jamaica
battle, between Nesta Carter and
emerging US sprinter Marvin
Bracy, it was Richard Kilty who
ran off with gold. It was the third
indoor title for Britain in ten
Kilty finished in 6.49 seconds,
.02 ahead of Bracy. Femi Ogunode
of Qatar took bronze.
There were plenty of surprises,
with Pavel Maslak setting a Czech
record to win the 400 ahead of
Chris Brown of the Bahamas and
Kyle Clemons of the United
In the women s high jump, gold
was shared between Maria Kuchi-
na of Russia and Kamila
Licwinko, who set a Polish record
and the crowd alight with her
jump over two metres.
Almost as close was the
women s triple jump, where Rus-
sia won its first gold medal.
Ekatarina Koneva set a mark of
14.46 metres, while Ukraine s
Olga Saladukha closed within one
centimetre of the winner.
The biggest margin was in the
women s 1,500. In the absence
of world record-holder Genzebe
Dibaba, Abeba Aregawi of Swe-
den broke away early to win in
4:00.61, a huge 6.51 seconds
ahead of Ethiopia s Axumawit
Embaye. Defending champion
Dibaba chose to compete in Sun-
day s 3,000 only at the champi-
Eaton nabs heptathlon gold
...misses world record
United States' Ashton Eaton clears the bar in the pole-vault of the
heptathlon during the Athletics World Indoor Championships in Sopot,
Poland, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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