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Clay widens lead through seven decathlon events

Bryan Clay set an Olympic best in the decathlon discus Friday to widen his lead in the 10-event competition at the Bird's Nest.
With three events remaining, Clay had 6,455 points, 283 ahead of his nearest competitor, Oleksiy Kasyanov of Ukraine, who had 6,172.
Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus was third with 6,139.
The last U.S. gold medalist in the event was Dan O'Brien in Atlanta in 1996.
The United States has not had two medalist in an Olympic decathlon since Milt Campbell and Rafer Johnson went 1-2 in the 1956 Melbourne Games.
Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic, the reigning world and Olympic champion, was far back with 5,974, 481 points behind Clay.
Blue sky replaced Thursday morning's downpour and Clay got off to a fast start, just as he did the day before.
The 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 2005 world champion won his heat in the 110-meter hurdles in 13.93 seconds, well off his best but still the second-fastest time in the competition.
Then came the discus, where Clay dominated as expected. He also set a personal best in the shot put on Thursday.
Clay, the decathlon leader since winning the first event _ the 100 meters _ in a driving rain Thursday morning, knew his first discus attempt was a good one, even as it left his hands. He raised both arms in triumph as he watched as he watched his first and best throw sail well past the 50-meter line.

Updated : 2021-08-02 21:36 GMT+08:00