New American star Eaton crowned best all-round athlete after taking decathlon gold
21:20 GMT, 9 August 2012
Ashton Eaton won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points on Thursday night.
Eaton set the decathlon world record at the U.S. trials in June and backed it up with an Olympic victory with 8,869 points.
Two-time world champion Trey Hardee settled for silver with 8,671 points and Leonel Suarez of Cuba took the bronze, 346 points behind Eaton, at 8,523.
Glory: Ashton Eaton (left) and Trey Hardee (right) celebrate an American one-two in the decathlon
No catching him: Eaton competes in the 1500m, the final event of the decathlon
Jolly good throw: World record holder Eaton hurls the discus in the Olympic Stadium
Eaton had a 151-point lead going into the final event, the 1,500 meters, and is a better middle-distance runner than Hardee.
But there were still some nerves in the field, with a rare false start in the 1,500.
Eaton needed to slash six seconds off his fastest ever time in the 1,500 to break his world record, but ran a cautious race and finished well outside his personal best in 4 minutes, 33.59 seconds.
Centre of attention: Eaton lines up before the start of the 110m hurdles on Thursday
Golden boy: Easton lines up a throw in the decathlon javelin event
Meanwhile, world champion Christian Taylor produced this year's biggest jump to take gold in the men's triple jump in an American one-two at the London Olympic Games on Thursday.
Taylor produced a season's best mark of 17.81 metres to finish ahead of U.S. compatriot Will Claye, who took silver with a jump of 17.62 metres. Fabrizio Donato of Italy finished in bronze with a jump of 17.48 metres.
American dream: Christian Taylor celebrates after winning the men's triple jump final
Leevan Sands of the Bahamas, bronze medallist four years ago in Beijing, was forced to retire after injuring his knee on his fourth attempt.
Taylor was already the leading jumper in the world this year with a mark of 17.63 set in June.