Clay Watch: Glendora Decathlete Is 12th in Olympic Trials Behind World Record

Defending Olympic champ scores zero in two events, stumbling in hurdles and discus at Trials.

6:17 p.m. Saturday:

Bryan Clay finishes 12th in the Olympic Trials despite scoring few points in Day 2's hurdles and none in the discus. (His DQ in the 110 hurdles was reversed.) His time in the final event, the 1500, was 5:09.62—well behind the 4:14.48 of event winner Ashton Eaton of Oregon, whose 9,039 points set a world record for the decathlon. Clay's score was 7,092. See complete results here.

4:20 p.m. Saturday:

Clay throws the javelin 219-2 on second try, bringing cheers from the packed stands who had just witnessed women's 100 hurdle semifinals after a half-hour rain delay.  No accidents on the track, which a crew of about 15 volunteers used air blowers to dry up the lanes. He stands in 15th place with only the 1,500-meter run left.

1:11 p.m. Saturday:

Clay misses first try at 16-0 3/4 in pole vault. And a few minutes later misses his second attempt, bailing out before reaching the bar. He makes it to the bar on his third try but drags it down. His decathlon best is 16-10 3/4.

12:55 p.m. Saturday:

Clay clears 15-9 in the pole vault, staying in the competition but with no chance of finishing in the top three.

10:41 a.m. Saturday:

Clay fouls his third and final throw in the discus, gets no points in this event either.

10:28 a.m. Saturday:

Clay gets applause from sparse morning crowd under partly cloudy skies as he approaches discus ring for his first throw. He fouls, but protective cage was in wrong position. So he is given a second first throw. He hits the right side again, a sector foul. He fell to 16th place after the hurdles.

9:47 a.m. Saturday:

Bryan Clay's quest for a third Olympic team and defense of his 2008 Beijing gold medal ended at the 10th hurdle in the first event of Day 2. USATF official Donald Berry raised a yellow flag to note a possible rules violation after seeing Clay touch the barrier with his hands while stumbling. Disqualification followed, with no points given for his slow time of 16.28 second, and his chances of finishing in the top three with no points in the 110-meter hurdles are none.

7:00 p.m. Friday:

With the men's 10,000-meter final taking place in a drenching rain, sunlight shone on Bryan Clay's chances of making his third Olympic team.  He was in third place after five events. His 4252 points were 476 behind the world-record pacing 4728 by Oregon favorite Ashton Eaton and world champion Trey Hardee's 4406 points. In fourth was Gray Horn, with 4084 points. The top three finishers make the London team. Clay won the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials decathlon, but will be hard pressed to make up the gap in Saturday's Day 2.

6:40 p.m. Friday:

Running from lane 7 in a slight drizzle, Clay clocks a slow 51.21 for second in his heat in the 400-meter dash, the final event of Day 1. His decathlon best is 47.78 seconds.  He was in third place, behind Eaton and Hardee after four events.

5:22 p.m. Friday:

Clay misses three times at 6-6 1/4, but stays alive with a previous clearance  in high jump. He made 6-5—well under his best of 6-10 3/4.

4:24 p.m. Friday:

As decathletes warm up for high jump, ceremonies honor American Olympic champions in the 100-year-old event with a parade featuring Dan O'Brien, Bruce Jenner, Bill Toomey, Rafer Johnson, Milt Campbell and two elderly sons of thhe 1912 gold medalist Jim Thorpe—waving to the crowd in walk around track.

3:32 p.m. Friday:

Clay fouls on third and final throw of shot put. He remains in third place after three events with 2725 points, behind Hardee's 2756 and Eaton's 2860. Top three finishers go to London if they've met the "A" Olympic qualifying standard opf 8200 points. High jump is next, at 4:30 p.m., for decathlon field, with light drizzle posing a possible hazard.

3:15 p.m. Friday:

Steady light drizzle as men's 400 heats continue with decathlon shot put under way. Clay's second throw is 15.34 meters, or 50-4. But he had a first one of about 51-3. Official tried to dry ring before his throw by footing a towel. Clay is wearing leg tights for warmth.

2:55 p.m. Friday:

It's Eaton with 2164 points (a record after two events), Hardee with 1922 and Clay with 1897—with the shot put starting in 10 minutes. Water reflecting from  the ring, but drizzle appears to have stopped.

2:25 p.m. Friday:

Clay fouls on third of three tries in the long jump—with takeoff foot slightly over edge of the board. He moves down to third place overall in total points, behind Eaton and world champion Trey Hardee.

2:10 p.m. Friday:

Clay goes 23 feet on second try in long jump after opening with 24 feet 2 3/4 inches. But Ashton Eaton goes 27 feet for his second decathlon world record of the day. Eaton salutes the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation, by forming an "O" with his hands.

1:15 p.m. Friday:

In lane 7 of Heat 3, Clay clocked 10.45 seconds in finishing second behind Oregon alumnus Ashton Eaton in the 100-meter dash, where Eaton set a decathlon world record of 10.21 seconds in a light drizzle. Clay's all-time decathlon best is 10.35.

12:30 p.m. Friday:

Glendora's Bryan Clay, on his third Olympic team, begins his quest at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR.  Watch this space for updates, starting with the first event—the 100-meter dash at 1 p.m. Pacific.

The 10-event grind begins under cloudy skies with intermittent light drizzle.

See USATF for complete official results of the decathlon.

See Track & Field News for live discussion of the decathlon.


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