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Ashton Eaton wins 2nd straight decathlon gold medal, ties Olympic record

“How can’t there be one stinking point in there somewhere?” Eaton said.

Kevin Mayer of France was 59 points behind to take silver, and Damian Warner of Canada took bronze with 8,666 points.

Eaton made it back-to-back Olympic and world titles in the decathlon, an event the American has ruled since he rebounded from silver at the worlds in 2011 to claim the next four major gold medals available. From throwing to jumping to running, Eaton can do it all.

Eaton had briefly darted away from the decathlon to congratulate 400-meter-hurdles gold medalist Kerron Clement as his teammate knelt exhausted in the midday sun after winning the event, an indicator of the feel-good emotion surging through the U.S. track team right now.

With three days of competition to come after Thursday, the United States was up to 23 medals in track and field after Eaton’s triumph, including eight gold.

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Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.