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Brittney Reese

Ashton Eaton begins defense of decathlon title at worlds

Ashton Eaton is in good shape, maybe even his best shape in quite a while. Mentally, he's as strong as ever, too. Watch out world record. The Olympic decathlon champion believes his best-ever mark could be in jeopardy at the world championships. His quest begins Friday with the 100-meter run, the first of 10 events over the two-day competition. Eaton's record stands at 9,039 points, a total he reached at the U.S. Olympic trials for the 2012 London Games. He went on to win a gold medal. Last season, Eaton didn't compete in any decathlon events. Instead, he dabbled in the 400-meter hurdles, which isn't part of the decathlon program, just to keep his workouts fresh. ...