Track and Field

Ashton Eaton, decathlete, needs stitches after pole vault bar hits his head

World record holder in the decathlon Ashton Eaton - and husband of Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton - got hit in the head by a pole vault bar while competing in the long jump on Friday night at the U.S Indoor Championships in Portland.

World record-holder tweets photos of his head bandaged up

Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton needed stitches to close a cut after being hit in the head with the bar from the pole vault at the U.S. indoor championships Friday night in Portland, Ore.

Eaton, husband of Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton, took part in a 60-metre dash heat and the long jump at the indoors as a warmup for next weekend's world championships, where he'll compete in the heptathlon. He finished last in his heat for the 60 and sixth in the long jump.

Eaton got hit in the head with the bar that was next to the lane for the long jump at the Oregon Convention Center. He reappeared with a bandage on his head.

"I'm still waiting for pictures from when I had blood all over my hands and face. Someone has to have them," he posted to Twitter, along with photos of his wrapped head.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?