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Eatons' 1st golden pair as Ashton wins 3rd straight heptathlon

Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton and her American husband Ashton Eaton became the first husband-wife couple to each win gold at a global championship in the multi events Saturday.

Barbara Pierre wins women's 60m dash

Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Canada is congratulated by her husband Ashton Eaton of the United States on winning the gold medal after the women's pentathlon on Thursday. Friday the duo became the first husband and wife pair to each win gold in the multi-events at a world championship. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Canadian Brianne Theisen-Eaton and her American husband Ashton Eaton became the first husband-wife couple to each win gold at a global championship in the multi events Saturday. Eaton competed the double by winning the men's heptathlon at the world indoor track and field championships in Portland, Ore.

"You know what, it didn't matter what happened to me today — [Brianne's performance] made the whole meet for me. You guys know, she stole the show," Eaton said.

"It can be done, of course," Eaton said of the couple repeating the double at the Summer Olympics in Rio. "We'll try everything we can to see if it can happen."

Friday was Theisen-Eaton's day as she won the women's pentathlon in spectacular fashion, making up a 150-point deficit in the final event to claim her first world title gold.

Eaton, competing in the men's heptathlon — a two-day, seven-discipline event — led as Friday's even session closed and stretched his lead Saturday to win by a wide margin, scoring a world-leading 6470 points. Oleksiy Kasyanov of Ukraine earned silver with a score of 6182 and Mathias Brugger of Germany took bronze with 6126.

The win is the 28-year-old's third straight world indoor title. He's also the world record holder in the event as well as the outdoor decathlon and reigning Olympic champion.

There were no Canadian competitors in the heptathlon.

Pierre wins women's 60 metres

American Barbara Pierre won the women's 60-metre dash, her first world championship gold medal, in 7.02 seconds. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands finished second in 7.04 and Jamaica's Elaine Thompson finished third at 7.06.

Canadian Crystal Emmanuel qualified for the semifinals out of the morning heats, where she ran a personal-best 7.23. She matched that time again in the semifinals, but failed to advance, finishing 16th.

The world indoor championships continue Sunday at 2:45 p.m. ET on CBCSports.ca.

With files from The Associated Press

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