The meet will be in California one week after USAs and offer $500 prize money to the winner.
Hardee had a solid lead going into the 1500 and walked it in across the line knowing he had it won.
1st-place points in the discus (174 feet, 11 inches) and javelin (220-7) really helped. "I worked so hard on the farm when I was growing up it's paying off now. I've got a good arm."
Merca writes, "A source close to the Taiwo camp revealed that the company offered him a contract for the 2017 season that was well under the current market value of a world-class decathlete." If that's the case, Taiwo should have no problem getting a contract with someone else. Unfortunately, we're not sure there is a big market for world-class decathletes.
The Eaton's each have their own tubs in teh garage labeled"Ashton's Trophies" and "Bri's Trophies".
Assuming he wins Rio gold, Eaton will be the first since GB's Daley Thompson in 1980/1984 to win back-to-back Olympic decathlons.
The Eatons talk about both winning gold in Rio or what if one does, but not the other. He says, "If it's her, I don't care what happens to me."
Hardee's favorite decathlon event is the pole vault, says he has to shave before every competition and that The Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Can't Stop" is his "all-time adrenaline rev-up pick" song.
Van Der Plaetsen actually was diagnosed partially thanks to a false positive doping test. While making his dramatic comeback, his motto was, “You cannot train on self-pity.”
Beach won an "International Fair Play" award for letting Eaton pass him in the 1500 so he'd win the race as he broke the WR.
Her 6,733 points in Ratigen is the second best in 2016 and 64-points more than what she scored when she won Worlds.
*IAAF Recap: Germany's Arthur Abele Wins Men's Decathlon