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“It doesn’t mean anything now, just like it doesn’t mean anything after the first event,” said Hardee. “It’s all about leading into that 10th event and what it looks like when you cross the line. We’re not trying to get ahead of ourselves.”

The U.S. squad may have had another decathlete in the mix as well, but reigning Olympic champion Bryan Clay failed to make the squad at trials. Still, it’s a golden time for the Americans in the decathlon.

Now if only more people would pay attention.

“I don’t think fans understand how it works. But I think they’re learning because an entire stadium — well, not an entire but pretty close to — is staying for a decathlon shot put, which isn’t too exciting,” Eaton said. “I think they’re learning.