Bryan Clay Wins Olympic Decathlon Gold, World's Greatest Athlete Is an American
The Olympic decathlon winner is traditionally referred to as the world's greatest athlete, and for the first time since the 1996 Games, that title goes to an American.
Bryan Clay won the event today with 8,791 points, topping silver medalist Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus (8,551 points), and bronze medalist Leonel Suarez of Cuba (8,527 points). Clay had previously won the 2004 Olympic silver medal and the 2005 world championship.
Clay's best event was the long jump, in which he led all athletes and earned 1,005 points with a jump of 7.78 meters (25 feet, 6 inches). In fact, Clay's long jump was the best showing that any decathlete had in any event and the only event in which any competitor topped 1,000 points.
Clay also led the field in the 100-meter dash, with a time of 10.44 seconds, and the discus, which he threw 53.79 meters (176 feet, 6 inches).
Dan O'Brien was the last American to win the Olympic decathlon.