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Eaton to tackle two events in Hengelo

World and Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton will compete at the 2015 FBK Games, an IAAF World Challenge meeting, in the Dutch city of Hengelo on 24 May.

The 27-year-old US athlete, who is also the decathlon world record-holder, will compete in a sprint event and the long jump as part of his preparations for the famous combined events meeting in the Austrian town of Gotzis the following week.

Eaton competed in Hengelo last year for the first time, finishing second in the 400m hurdles to Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson in 49.07 during his ‘year off’ from combined events.

"The AA Drink FBK Games is one of my favourite meetings," said Eaton. "The level of the competition, the atmosphere and the audience; it's all great. Most importantly, I think that having so many children present is fantastic."

Organisers for the IAAF