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Olympic decathlon: Eaton leads after 7 events

6:29 AM, Aug 9, 2012   |    comments
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LONDON (AP) - Two-time world champion Trey Hardee cut Ashton Eaton's lead to 99 points after seven events in the decathlon, closing the gap with better performances Thursday in the hurdles and discus.

World-record holder Eaton had a 220-point advantage over his U.S. teammate after the first five events Wednesday but Hardee reduced the margin by running the fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles - 13.54 seconds - and finishing third in discus throw, at 48.26 meters.

Eaton posted the second-best hurdles time (13.56) but his 42.53 in the discus was only 22nd in the rankings.

With the pole vault, javelin and 1,500 meters to go, Eaton had 6,409 points and Hardee had 6,310.

Eaton broke the decathlon world record at U.S. trials in June when he finished with 9,039 points.

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