World Championships | Day 3
Portland, Oregon: Lisa, Lenny, Leo, Lucy,
Mike, Kevin and Rina checked-out of Taylor Manor Bed & Breakfast and
checked-into a downtown hotel. We were not going to be home much over the
weekend and they all wanted to explore downtown Portland when not at the track
The morning session started with the continuation of the men's Heptathlon. The
indoor men's Heptathlon consists of seven events - 60m dash, long jump, shot
put, high jump, 60m hurdles, pole vault and a 1000m run - spread over two days.
Ashton Eaton had a good lead going into the final competition. The WGA is very
strong in the sprints, hurdles, pole vault and long jump, and took first in the
60m dash and hurdles and the long jump.
Mr. Eaton placed 2nd in the pole vault competition and 5th in
the long jump. Then there was a break in the program, so we went downtown with
my sister and had lunch... again at Cafe Yumm!
Can't help it. I'm only in Portland a few days.
After lunch, Dave, Renee and I met the kids, et al, at
Pioneer Courthouse Square so we could see the venue in the daylight and so
the kids could race up and down the straight-away.
Yup. Lucy is really 18 months and, yup, she is really that tiny. And they are
Then it was back to the Oregon Convention Center in time for the
kids to have a snack before the start of the races.
Concourse for fans outside the track arena - food trucks, interactive
booths, free stuff, contests, etc.
It was a very popular area for spectators.
Portland is famous for food trucks (the Mayor said in his
welcome speech you would need to stay in Portland two years to try them all)
and a few were on-hand around the concourse.
Lisa waiting outside the Dump Truck - for delicious Asian dumplings.
Steve, Terry, Mary, Terry, Julie, Dave and Donnie
Another great evening with great friends at the track. Mr. Eaton
took the gold medal in the Heptathlon, with Oleksiy Kasyanov of the Ukraine
earning silver and Mathias Brusser of Germany claiming bronze.
We went back to the awards ceremony to see Ashton Eaton be
awarded his medal. Another great day for their family!
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