The 2012 World Indoor Championships marked the third time that Ashton Eaton has broken the Heptathlon World Record. He dominated the two-day competition from start to finish and broke the record he set last year with a total of 6,645 points. The old mark was 6,568 points. Eaton led the event from start to finish and was ahead of record pace from early on. Eaton began the competition Friday with a personal best of 8.16 meters in the long jump. He also won the 60 meters, 60-meter hurdles, pole vault, and 1000-meter run making up for third-place finishes in the shot put and high jump.
On Sunday, Fort Collins Olympic hopeful Janay DeLoach leaped 22 feet, 10 3/4 inches to win the women's long jump silver medal. DeLoach's best mark also came on her final attempt, capping a 1-2 finish for the Americans in the event. DeLoach had gone a personal-best 22-7 1/4 to set the top qualifying mark in the prelims. She now ranks fourth all-time among American women with her jump of 22-11 1/4 at the 2011 U.S. Indoor Championships, trailing only Brittney Reese, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (23-4 3/4) and Dawn Burrell-Campbell (23-0 3/4).
During the triple jump qualifying round on Saturday, World Outdoor Champion Christian Taylor set a world leading mark in the triple jump with 17.63 meters. That jump was good enough for first place until Taylor's former Florida Gator college teammate Will Claye jumped 17.70 meters on his fourth attempt in Sunday's final. The Americans finished 1-2 in the triple jump. Taylor's mark of 17.63 meters is an indoor personal best.