Bryan Clay: American Decathlete

August 22, 2008

Meet Bryan Clay, an American decathlete. See photos, video and a biography of Bryan below.

Congratulations to Bryan Clay for winning the Olympic decathlon Friday, with a two day grand total of 8,791 points. Andrey Krauchanka of Belarus took the silver with 8,551 points and Leonel Suarez of Cuba took the bronze with 8,527 points.

As a biography, Bryan Clay was born on January 3, 1980 in Austin, Texas. He is 28 years old. His mother, Michele ishimoto, is Japanese, and his father, Greg Clay, is African-American. They divorced when Bryan was in the 5th grade. He was primarily raised by his mother in Hawaii, and was influenced by his mother’s Japanese culture.

Bryan attended Castle High School in Kenehoe, Hawaii. While at a track clinic when he was a sophomore, he met Chris Huffins, the 2000 Olympic decathlon bronze medalist. Huffins sparked interest in Bryan to try the decathlon. Huffins would later introduce Clay to Kevin Reid, Azusa Pacific’s track coach. He would attend Azusa Pacific and was a 23-time NAIA All-American. He took third place in the decathlon at the 2001 Nationals.

He took the silver medal in the decathlon at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and would continue competing in the decathlon. He won the gold in 2005 at the World Championships and had a Number 1 ranking in 2006.

Injury and illness plagued Clay’s training in the latter part of 2006 and into the 2007 season. In 2008, he won the Olympic Trials in Oregon with a score of 8,832 points.

More photos and video of Bryan Clay are below.

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