Walker's Pace: Super Sunday! Eaton Sets World Record
Sunday, February 6, 2011, 9:00 p.m.
Tallinn, Estonia, is a long way from Dallas, Texas, where Super Bowl XLV took place on Sunday. But that takes nothing away from the super performance Ashton Eaton on "Super Bowl Sunday."
The recent Oregon graduate who now competes for Oregon Track Club Elite and Nike broke his own world record in the heptathlon, scoring 6,568 points at the Tallinn International Indoor Combined Events Meet.
Eaton's marks included 6.66 seconds in the 60 meters, 25 feet, 6 inches/7.77 meters in the long jump, 47-5/14.45m in the shot put and 6-7/2.01m in the high jump on Saturday.
The Bend, Ore., native continued Sunday by running 7.60 seconds in 60 meter hurdles, clearing 17-0.75/5.20m in pole vault and finished with a time of 2:34.74 in 1,000 meters.
"I'm so happy," said Eaton. "I had a great day. I think this was a great experience. I am most proud of the way I competed, after some bad events I was able to come back and perform well today. I made some bars in the pole vault on third attempt when I really needed them.
"I also think this shows that I have a lot of room to improve. I had a bad high jump, I took off way behind the board in the long jump, I could have run better in the 1000 meters, and although the shot put was a big personal best, I know I can keep getting better."
Eaton's 7.60 time in the 60 meter hurdles set the all-time World heptathlon record for the event. He also had personal bests in the 60 meters (No. 3 in the World all-time) and shot put.
"I felt like the crowd was really behind me the whole way, they were pushing for me and I think that is why I did so well," said Eaton. "I did not want to disappoint my new fans. Nothing quite compares to my home crowd in Eugene but Tallinn was a close second."
Estonia is a small country located in Northern Europe, known for its passion for combined events.