Ashton Eaton moved to the doorstep of his third consecutive men’s heptathlon title Saturday after finishing second in pole vault at the IAAF World Indoor Championships at Oregon Convention Center.


Eaton and Germany’s Mathias Brugger tied for the highest pole vault mark at 16-8 3/4, though technically Brugger won the event by clearing the next highest mark. Both earned 941 points, however.


Through six of seven events, the former Duck leads the competition with 5,543 points. Ukraine’s Oleksiy Kasyanov is second, more than 200 points behind at 5,305. Brugger is third at 5,186.


The final heptathlon event is 1,000 meters, scheduled for 7:35 p.m. tonight. The world indoor record is 6,645 points, set by Eaton in 2012.






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