American Ashton Eaton retains Olympic decathlon crown

American Ashton Eaton equalled the Olympic record when retaining his decathlon crown.

Eaton on Thursday amassed 8,893 points in the gruelling 10-discipline event to tie with the Czech Republic’s Roman Sebrle record set at the 2004 Athens Games and extend his remarkable unbeaten streak in combined events competition that stretches back to his triumph in London in 2012.

Kevin Mayer won silver with a French record of 8,834pts, Canada’s Damian Warner taking bronze (8,666).