Ashton Eaton to train for 400m hurdles in 2014

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The decathlon is one of the most grueling tests in all of sports. As far as individual track and field events, though, the 400m hurdles is one of the most painful events.

The world’s greatest athlete wants to give it a try.

Olympic and world decathlon champion Ashton Eaton, who is also the world-record holder, will focus on the 400m hurdles next spring, according to

Eaton’s Twitter account confirmed it.

“(Ashton) brought it up to be before I brought it up to him,” Eaton’s coach, Harry Marra, told the website. “He likes to run the quarter. He’s a good hurdler. It makes sense from the standpoint of training as a 400 hurdler in order to make him better at the 400 meters and the 1,500 meters.

“I don’t make predictions, but I think he could be very elite.”

There are no outdoor World Championships in 2014, and Eaton is already qualified for the 2015 World Championships decathlon.

So Eaton can afford to experiment and have a little fun next year before returning to 10-event training.

The 400m hurdles is not part of the decathlon. His personal bests in the 110m hurdles (13.35 seconds) and the 400m (45.64) would have made the final and semifinals, respectively, at this year’s World Championships.

Multi-event champions have been world class in individual events in the past, though it’s usually in decathlon disciplines.

2012 Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis’ personal best in the 100m hurdles is 12.54 seconds, the same time Dawn Harper ran to win the 2008 Olympics.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, the 1988 and 1992 Olympic heptathlon champion, also won three Olympic medals in the long jump.

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Wimbledon reverses ban on Russia, Belarus tennis players

Wimbledon Russia

Russian and Belarusian players will be able to compete at Wimbledon as neutral athletes after the All England Club on Friday reversed its ban from last year.

The players must comply with “appropriate conditions,” including not expressing support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

They also must not receive funding “from the Russian and/or Belarusian states (including sponsorship from companies operated or controlled by the states) in relation to their participation in The Championships,” the All England Club said in a statement.

Other tennis tournaments have allowed Russian and Belarusian players to compete as neutral athletes.

“We also consider alignment between the Grand Slams to be increasingly important in the current tennis environment,” the club said. “There was a strong and very disappointing reaction from some governing bodies in tennis to the position taken by the All England Club and the LTA last year with consequences which, if continued, would be damaging to the interests of players, fans, The Championships and British tennis.”

This year’s Wimbledon tournament will start on July 3. The women’s final is scheduled for July 15 and the men’s final on July 16.

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2023 World Junior Gymnastics Championships live stream schedule

World Junior Gymnastics Championships

The world junior gymnastics championships individual finals stream live on the International Gymnastics Federation YouTube channel from Friday through Sunday.

Already this week, Japan swept the men’s and women’s team titles in Antalya, Turkey. The U.S. women took silver.

The U.S. women in Friday’s all-around final are Izzy Stassi (qualified fourth) and Jayla Hang (qualified 22nd). The U.S. men in Friday’s all-around final are Kai Uemura (qualified 11th) and David Shamah (qualified 14th).

Americans also advanced to four of this weekend’s apparatus finals: women’s vault (Stassi, Hang), uneven bars (Hezly Rivera) and floor exercise (Rivera, Hang) and men’s still rings (Uemura).

Gymnastics added a biennial junior worlds starting in 2019. The 2021 edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Women ages 14 or 15 and men ages 15 through 18 compete.

The U.S. team in 2019 included future senior world team members Skye Blakely, Kayla DiCello and Konnor McClain.

2023 World Junior Gymnastics Championships Live Stream Schedule

Day Competition Time (ET) Platform
Friday Men’s All-Around 7:30 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Women’s All-Around 12 p.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Saturday Apparatus Finals 7 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK
Sunday Apparatus Finals 7 a.m. FIG YouTube | LIVE STREAM LINK

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