Raised in Hawaii, decathlete Bryan Clay will sadly not have the opportunity to defend his gold medal in the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games. Winning by the biggest point margin since 1972, Bryan Clay, 32, swept the decathlon event in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In this past weekend’s USA Track & Field Trials, he clipped a hurdle in the 110-meter event and became essentially “derailed.” Visibly frustrated and disappointed, knowing he was out, he did not finish the race. Unfortunately this earned him a disqualification, which was appealed to no avail.
After a struggle in the discus event, perhaps rattled from the previous race, he was out of the running for the 2012 team with a 12th place finish. Bryan has received much support online, and fans have even rallied for him to appeal the July 8 deadline.
A Bit About Bryan Clay
Raised in Hawaii, Bryan Clay began his pursuit of track and field while attending Castle High School on Oahu. He continued to excel in athletics at Azusa Pacific University, and went on to compete in the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Hitting his competitive stride, he went on to win the 2005 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.
After a roller coaster of intense training and injuries, Bryan Clay missed in competing at the 2007 IAAF World Championships, but came back with a bang in Beijing in 2008. He won the decathlon by a 240-point margin, the biggest since 1972, and was the first American to win the event since Dan O’Brien in 1996.
The decathlete is known as “The World’s Greatest Athlete” and Hawaii was proud to have helped shape him. In fact, he is one of the greatest athletes according to the popular SPARQ rating. Assessing general athletic and sport specific abilities, Bryan got one of the highest ratings ever, a 130.40. beating out Super Bowl Champion Reggie Bush by almost 40 points.
Congratulations to Bryan Clay for all his successes. We wish him the best of luck at the next IAAF World Championships, and we hope he goes for gold in Rio de Janeiro in 2016!
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