Defending decathlon Olympic gold medalist Clay not headed to London
Seattle Times staff reporter
EUGENE, Ore. — The hopes of defending decathlon Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay of a repeat in London are apparently over.
Clay, who trains occasionally in Seattle, was disqualified in the 110-meter hurdles, Saturday’s first event of the second day.
Clay ran a poor 16.81 after chopping his steps and appearing to push over a hurdle late in the race. Then it was announced he had been disqualified.
The 32-year-old Clay was in third place entering the day, trailing Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee. The trio had been featured recently in Sports Illustrated as having an excellent chance to sweep the medals at the London Games.