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Bryan Clay: World’s Greatest Athlete

Posted on: January 7, 2009

While Usain Bolt claimed the title of the “World’s Fastest Man” with his world-record-breaking 9.69 second time in the 100-meter dash, there was another track and field superstar at the Beijing Olympics who was staking his claim on “World’s Greatest Athlete.”

His name is Bryan Clay, 29-year old American decathalete.  At the Beijing Games in August of 2008, he wasn’t even picked to win the decathalon.  Heading into Beijing, Clay had already broken former American great, Dan O’Brien’s Olympic Trial record of 8,726 points.  Still, the Czech Republic’s Roman Sebrle, defending Olympic and world champion, was supposed to win the gold over Clay, who finished runner-up in the Athens Olympics of 2004.  However, at the end of the two day event, Sebrle wasn’t even in contention for a medal, while Clay won the United States’ first Olympic Gold in the Decathalon since Dan O’Brien did it back in 1996 in the Atlanta games.

“Put me on a Wheaties box,” said Clay at the end of the 1500 meter run, the tenth and final event of the decathalon.  Along with US Olympic gymnast and gold medal winner, Nastia Liukin, Clay certainly got his wish:

Clay on Wheaties Box

Clay on Wheaties Box




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