Ashton vs Eaton: Germany's best decathlete vs. world record-holder

Olympic Rivals:
Germany VS the USA

Photography: Reuters and
Words: Muhamed Beganović And Florian Wörgötter

Does Germany’s best decathlete have a chance against the world record-holder? A quick check in 10 disciplines

Rico Freimuth, 28, is Germany’s best decathlete. His rival Ashton Eaton set the world record in Beijing in 2015 as he defended his gold medal at IAAF World Championships.

Can Freimuth beat him at the Olympics 2016 in Rio? We will find out soon. To begin with, The Red Bulletin tested them in 10 different disciplines:

  1. Decathlon personal best
  2. World championship prize money
  3. Trainer
  4. Height
  5. First medal
  6. Medals in total
  7. Sporting family
  8. Social media
  9. Love
  10. Higher Education
1. Sporting Life
Rico Freimuth Decathlete
Rico Freimuth


Freimuth: 27 years
Eaton: 23 years

Both sportsmen are 28, but Eaton won his first major international medal at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, four years earlier than Freimuth.


Freimuth1 bronze
Eaton: 6 gold, 1 silver

Eaton is the hot favourite in Rio. He has had seven medals – Olympic, World Championship or World Indoor Championship – draped around his neck; Freimuth has had just one.

2. Personal Life

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