Eaton breaks heptathlon world record in Tallinn

Ashton Eaton scores 6568 to improve on his own world indoor record

Posted on February 6, 2011 by
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Living up to his promise of breaking his own world record for the heptathlon, USA’s Ashton Eaton added 69 points to his best with a score of 6568 in Tallinn.

Eaton got off to a great start yesterday with three indoor PBs. He started with 6.66 in the 60m – the third-fastest 60m ever in a heptathlon, followed by 7.77m in the long jump, taking off way behind the board.

He then threw 14.45m in the shot – the event in which he used to struggle is now rapidly improving as he has added more than a metre to his pre-2011 best.

The day ended with a slight disappointment as he cleared just 2.01m in the high jump (compared to his 2.11m best), but he ended the day 17 points ahead of world record pace.

Day two started with another big PB, this time in the 60m hurdles. His 7.60 is easily the fastest ever sprint hurdles mark in a heptathlon (the previous best being Bryan Clay’s 7.74) and would have been good enough to win an individual medal at the 2008 World Indoor Championships!

At this stage Eaton needed just a 5.00m pole vault and a 2:35.2 clocking in the 1000m to break the world record, but he did not want to simply improve it – he wanted to smash it.

He cleared 5.20m in the pole vault – his second best ever – and finished off with 2:34.74 in the 1000m to add 69 points to his world record score. Andres Raja of Estonia finished second with 6114.

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World all-time indoor heptathlon top 10

1. 6568 Ashton Eaton (USA) Tallinn 06/02/2011
(6.66, 7.77m, 14.45m, 2.01m / 7.60, 5.20m, 2:34.74)

- 6499 Eaton, Fayetteville 13/03/2010
(6.71, 7.73m, 13.12m, 2.11m / 7.77, 5.10m, 2:32.67)

2. 6476 Dan O’Brien (USA) Toronto 14/03/1993
(6.67, 7.84m, 16.02m, 2.13m / 7.85, 5.20m, 2:57.96)

3. 6438 Roman Šebrle (CZE) Budapest 07/03/2004
(6.97, 7.96m, 16.28m, 2.11m / 7.95, 4.80m, 2:39.67)

4. 6424 Tomáš Dvorák (CZE) Gent 26/02/2000
(6.92, 7.81m, 16.82m, 2.04m / 7.78, 5.00m, 2:45.68)

- 6420 Šebrle, Lisbon 11/03/2001
(7.00, 7.88m, 15.75m, 2.08m / 7.86, 4.90m, 2:37.86)

5. 6418 Christian Plaziat (FRA) Genoa 29/02/1992
(6.83, 7.58m, 14.53m, 2.13m / 7.97, 5.20m, 2:40.17)

6. 6415 Sebastian Chmara (POL) Valencia 01/03/1998
(7.12, 7.65m, 15.70m, 2.17m / 7.98, 5.20m, 2:42.31)

7. 6412 Lev Lobodin (RUS) Moscow 08/02/2003
(6.88, 7.45m, 16.67m, 2.07m / 7.82, 5.20m, 2:46.35)

- 6386 Chmara, Maebashi 07/03/1999
(7.14, 7.62m, 15.89m, 2.11m / 8.05, 5.20m, 2:37.86)

8. 6374 Erki Nool (EST) Maebashi 07/03/1999
(6.83, 7.80m, 14.87m, 1.93m / 8.16, 5.50m, 2:38.62)

9. 6371 Bryan Clay (USA) Valencia 09/03/2008
(6.71, 7.75m, 16.21m, 2.09m / 7.86, 5.00m, 2:55.64)

- 6365 Clay, Budapest 07/03/2004
(6.65, 7.78m, 14.84m, 2.08m / 7.77, 4.90m, 2:49.41)

10. 6362 Mikk Pahapill (EST) Turin 08/03/2009
(7.09, 7.97m, 15.45m, 2.12m / 8.03, 5.10m, 2:45.69)

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