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Bryan Clay

Bryan Clay

Event: Heptathlon, Decathlon
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185
PR: Heptathlon - 6,371 (2008); Decathlon - 8,832 (2008)
Born: 01/03/1980
Current Residence: Glendora, Calif.
Hometown:
High School: Castle (Keneohe, Hawaii) HS '98
College: Azusa Pacific '02
Coach: Kevin Reid
Agent: Paul Doyle
Sponsor: Asics
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USA Championships
Two-time Olympic Trials champion - 2004 (8,660); 2008 (8,791)
2005 USA Outdoor champion (8,506)

International Championships
2008 Olympic gold medalist (8,791)
2004 Olympic silver medalist (8,820)
Two-time World Indoor gold medalist - 2008 (6,371); 2010 (6,204)
2005 World Outdoor gold medalist (8,732)
Two-time World Indoor silver medalist - 2004 (6,635); 2006 (6,187)

Collegiate Championships
Two-time NAIA long jump champion
2000 NAIA champion

Awards and Honors
2011 Visa Humanitarian of the Year
2008 Jesse Owens Award winner

About Bryan
Since 2002, the only seasons when Bryan Clay wasn't ranked as top two athletes in the United States in the decathlon were those he didn't record a mark in the 10-event competition due to injury. When Clay claimed gold in 2008 he became the first Olympic champion in the decathlon from Team USA since Dan O'Brien in 1996. His winning mark in 2008 was 240 points ahead of silver medalist Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus, which is the largest winning margin at an Olympic Games since 1972. It was the fourth-best mark in Olympic history. The U.S. Olympic Trials record holder, Clay's personal best of 8,832 points was the best by an American in 16 years. Along with the gold medal, in 2008 Clay was named USA Track & Field's 008 Jesse Owens Award winner and the U.S. Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News. He has ended the season ranked No. 1 in the world by Track & Field News a total of three times and joins the likes of O'Brien (four times), Bruce Jenner, Rafer Johnson, Bob Mathis and Bill Toomey as the only Americans to do so. Clay moved from Austin, Texas, to Hawaii when he was five years old. Known for his versatility in high school, where he would compete in six events at a given meet, Clay was influenced by 2000 Olympic decathlon bronze medalist Chris Huffins. Clay met Huffins as a high school sophomore at a track clinic in Hawaii, and Huffins persuaded him to try the decathlon. It was Huffins who introduced Clay to his college coach Kevin Reid at Azusa Pacific University, who remains Clay’s coach. Huffins once quite literally gave Clay the shoes off his feet. Married to Sarah in 2004 and has three young children. Since 2004, he has been hosting free track and field clinics for kids in Hawaii, and in October 2007, he held the first fundraising event for the Bryan Clay Foundation, which provides academic and athletic opportunities to underprivileged children on the island. In 2012 authored the book “Redemption: A Rebellious Spirit, a Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold.”
Results
2012: DNF at Drake Relays and Thorpe Cup; 12th at Olympic Trials (7,092)
2011: 3rd at Millrose Games Multi Challenge - SP, 60H, HJ (2,609); DNF at USA Outdoors, 2nd after first day of competition w/ 4196 points
2010: World Indoor heptathlon champion (6,204); 1st at Gotzis (8,483)
2009: Did not compete in decathlon due to injury.
2007: Did not finish at USA Outdoors; Did not finish at World Outdoors; 1st at Gotzis (8,493)
2006: Did not finish at USA Outdoors (low blood sugar); 1st at Gotzis (8,677)
2003: 1st at Berkeley (8225); dropped out after five events because of an injured hamstring at World Outdoor Champs
2002: 13th at USA vs. Germany Decathlon Dual (6,781); NAIA Nationals pentathlon and long jump champion
2001: 3rd at USA Outdoors (8,169 pts.); 13th at World University Games; did not finish at World Outdoor Championships; NAIA National long jump champion (7.52m/24-8.25)
2000: NAIA decathlon champion
1999: USA Junior champ (7,312 pts.); Pan American Junior champ (7,207); 3rd at NAIA Outdoors

USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2011:
No final decathlon or heptathlon score recorded
2010: Indoor bests - Heptathlon, 6204 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 5 in the world); Outdoor bests - Decathlon, 8483 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the US & No. 3 in the world by T&FN)
2009: No final decathlon or heptathlon score recorded
2008: Indoor bests - Heptathlon, 6371 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world); Outdoor bests - Decathlon, 8832 (No. 1 in the USA & No. 1 in the world by TF&N)
2007: Outdoor bests - Decathlon, 8493 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 5 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the US & No. 6 in the world by T&FN)
2006: Indoor bests - Heptathlon, 6187 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 5 in the world); Outdoor bests - Decathlon, 8677 (No. 1 in the USA & No. 1 in the world by TF&N)
2005: Outdoor bests - Decathlon, 8732 (No. 1 in the USA & No. 1 in the world by TF&N)
2004: Indoor bests - Heptathlon, 6365 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world); Outdoor bests - Decathlon, 8820 (No. 1 in the USA & No. 2 in the world by TF&N)
2003: Outdoor bests - Decathlon, 8482 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN, No. 3 in the world, ranked No. 5 in the world by T&FN)
2002: Outdoor bests - Decathlon, 8230 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 7 in the world)
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