Eaton eclipsed the mark by running 4:17.52 in the 1500m under the lights at the National Stadium. Heading into the final event, Eaton needed to run 4:18.25 or faster. With a roaring crowd surrounding him, Eaton was paced to a runner-up finish by Algeria's Larbi Bourrada who won in 4:16.61.
Prior to the 1500m, Eaton recalled sitting in the call room tired and unsure of his ability to break 4:18 after completing 10 events, but he found motivation in the idea of inspiring others.
Watch Eaton's immediate reaction to his record-breaking performance in Beijing:
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We now know what Ashton Eaton needs to do to break his 9039 world record in the decathlon. After his HUGE 63.63m javelin throw in the penultimate event, the American needs only to run 4:18.25 or faster in the 1500m to break his record in Beijing!
It certainly is going to be close, as Eaton's PR is 4:14.48 from his record-breaking decathlon back in 2012.
Eaton is just 45 points off World record pace through eight events after the hurdles, discus, and pole vault in Beijing this morning/afternoon. Heading into the javelin, Eaton's point total stands at 7423 points, which is 254 points ahead of second-place.
The gold medal is all but secure, and now the only thing left to be determined is Eaton's tremendous score.
The American scored 1015 points with his 13.69 in the 110 hurdles, 733 points with his 43.34m throw in the discus, and 972 with a 5.20m clearance in the pole vault. The pole vault is the only event so far today that Eaton failed to surpass his mark from his 2012 World record.
Fortunately, Eaton only threw 58.87m in the javelin during his record-breaking decathlon, a mark that he has already surpassed this season in open competition. The second-to-last event will be crucial for Eaton's chances to break his 9039 record.