American decathlete Ashton Eaton breaks his own world record to secure the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships.
has retained his decathlon title at the Ashton Eaton , breaking his own world record to secure the gold in Beijing. World Athletics Championships
The American headed into the final event knowing that he was all but guaranteed the gold, having opened up a huge lead over
with impressive displays in the discus, javelin and pole vault. Damian Warner © Getty Images
He needed a fast time in the 1,500m to beat his previous highest point total of 9,039, which he did by six points after completing the event in 4:17.52.
Warner did enough to secure the silver medal with a national record 8695 points, while
's Germany secured bronze with 8561, a new personal best. Rico Freimuth
Ashton Eaton on course to break record