With the holder of the World Indoor record in the field, the men’s Heptathlon here in Istanbul is one of those events where one can expect an amazing performance. At the pre-event press conference Ashton Eaton whose World record stands at 6568 points confirmed he felt in great shape coming into these championships and was looking forward to treating the crowd to a unique performance.
However, at the end of the first event of day one, the 60m flat Eaton didn’t look satisfied by the 6.79 flashing on the scoreboard, understandably so as the American’s performance was hindered by a very poor start and a sluggish reaction time at 0.277!
Eaton, whose World record performance included a 6.66 clocking at 60m, is arguably the best sprinter of the field and had no real trouble to speed past his opponents and cross the line in first but in the multi-event it is time and points that matter.
After the race, Eaton explained he had difficulties hearing the gun.
The American champion may have expected more from his opening event, he is nevertheless well in the lead with 958 points with Ukraine’s Oleksiy Kasyanov, the only other man to break 7 seconds this morning taking 929 points with a 6.87 clocking.
Cuba’s Yordani Garcia, a former World Youth champion, is currently in third with 875 points.
Laura Arcoleo for the IAAF