Ashton Eaton to train for 400m hurdles in 2014


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…

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