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Ashton Eaton breaks heptathlon record

TALLINN, Estonia -- Ashton Eaton of the United States improved his own world record for the men's indoor heptathlon on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Oregon native scored 6,568 points at the International Indoor Combined Events meeting in Tallinn, Estonia. The total was 69 points higher than the mark he set at the NCAA Indoor championships in March when he broke Dan O'Brien's 17-year-old record.

Eaton finished the final event of the heptathlon, the 1,000 meters, in 2 minutes, 34.74 seconds.

Also Sunday, he cleared a personal best 5.2 meters in the pole vault and clocked 7.6 seconds in the 60 hurdles -- the fastest ever in a heptathlon.

"I am most proud of the way I competed, after some bad events I was able to come back and perform well today," Eaton said in a statement from USA Track & Field. "I made some bars in the pole vault on third attempt when I really needed them. I also think this shows that I have a lot of room to improve."

Andres Raja of Estonia was second with 6,116 points.