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Clay in third midway through U.S. Olympic decathlon trials

June 23, 2012
The Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Defending Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay was in third place after the first five events of the decathlon Friday at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

The 32-year-old Clay, who grew up in Kaneohe, Oahu, accumulated 4,252 points. A trip to London would be his third straight Olympics - he took silver in Athens in 2004 before winning it all in Beijing four years ago.

On a rainy first day of trials, he placed second in the 100 meters (10.45 seconds) and shot put (16.63 meters), sixth in the long jump (7.40), seventh in the high jump (1.96) and a disappointing 14th in the 400 (51.21).

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Bryan Clay competes in the long jump during the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials on Friday.

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Leading the competition is Oregon native Ashton Eaton, who had 4,728 points, putting him on pace to break Dan O'Brien's American record of 8,891 set in 1992. Trey Hardee was in second place with 4,406 points.

The final five events are scheduled for today, with the top three finishers earning spots on the U.S. team.



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