Ashton Eaton 

Ashton Eaton 

Erik van Leeuwen, Wikimedia Commons

American decathlete Ashton Eaton of Portland, Oregon announced his retirement from track and field on Friday. Eaton won a gold medal in men's decathlon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

Eaton is one of three decathletes in the history of the Olympic Games to win back-to-back gold medals in the decathlon. Bob Mathia of Tulare, California won the gold medal for the United States at the 1948 Olympic Games in London and the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki. Daley Thompson of Great Britain won the gold medal at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow and at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. 

Eaton set an Olympic record in overall points for a decathlon at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He had 8893 points to beat Kevin Mayer of France by 59 points. Eaton had the highest score in the last Olympic decathlon in the long jump and 400 metres. 

Eaton also won the gold medal at two International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships. He placed first at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. At the 2015 World Championships, Eaton set the world record for points in one decathlon with 9045.