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Bryan Clay needed a top-three finish with 8,200 points or better at this weekend's U.S. Olympic Trials in order to compete in this summer's Olympic Games in London.

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June 21, 2012
Joe Reinsch


EUGENE, Ore. -- Reigning Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bryan Clay finished 12th in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field after he fell in the hurdles for a time of 16.81 and subsequently fouled all three of his attempts in the event that followed, the discus throw. In order to qualify to represent the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Clay needed to finish in the top three of this weekend’s U.S. trials while scoring at least 8,200 points.

DAY 1 RECAP: Ashton Eaton jumped out to the early lead with back-to-back decathlon world-records in the 100 meters and long jump, and his meet-leading 4,728 points ranks as the second-highest score (non-wind-aided) after the first day in history. In second is Trey Hardee with 4,406 points, while Clay tallied 4,252 points on the opening day of competition. In the opening event, Clay ran the second-fastest 100 meters in the competition (10.45), and he followed that with a leap of 24-feet, 3.5-inches in the second event, the long jump. He again ranked second in the shot put, throwing 51-feet, 3.5-inches on his opening throw of the event, and despite rainy conditions he was able to clear 6-feet, 5-inches in the high jump before running the 400 meters in 51.21 seconds. When Clay set the U.S. Olympic Trials record four years ago in Eugene with an 8,832-point performance, he scored 4,476 points on Day 1. Despite scoring 224 points lower than 2008 in the opening day of this year's competition, Clay did post better marks in the long jump and shot put than he did in 2008. Clay currently has a 168-point cushion over fourth place.

DAY 2 RECAP: Clay was initially disqualified from the event for missing the final hurdle in the 110 meter hurdles, which opened up the second day of the competition. He finished in 16.81 seconds, and while the appeal of the disqualification was being considered, Clay fouled all three of his attempts in the discus throw, resulting in no points for that event. He continued the competition, registering 15-feet, 9-inches in the pole vault and 219-feet, 2-inches in the javelin before wrapping up the decathlon with a time of 5:09.62 in the 1500 meters. His final point total was 7,092 points.

DECATHLON MEDIA GUIDE & HANDBOOK (produced by The Decathlon Association founder Frank Zarnowski)
LIVE RESULTS (USA Track & Field)


Friday, June 22
1:00 p.m. – 100 meters (Clay: 10.45 / 987 pts)
1:50 p.m. – Long Jump (Clay: 24'-3.5" / 910 pts)
3:05 p.m. – Shot Put (Clay: 51'-3.5" / 828 pts)
4:30 p.m. – High Jump (Clay: 6'-05" / 767 pts)
6:30 p.m. – 400 meters (Clay: 51.21 / 760 pts)

Saturday, June 23
9:30 a.m. – 110 meter hurdles
10:20 a.m. – Discus
12:30 p.m. – Pole Vault
3:00 p.m. – Javelin
5:30 p.m. – 1500 meters