Shaping Up to Be Big Year for Clay

Bryan Clay declares himself “in the greatest shape of my life.” The injuries that wrecked his 2009 season and kept him out of the World Championships have long since mended.

He tells you he’s been putting in “some incredible workouts” since resuming full training in September.

He reveals he’s cut 15 pounds from his already-ripped frame yet calls himself “stronger and faster than ever.”

And so the 2008 Olympic decathlon gold medalist out of Castle High School of Kāne’ohe and Azusa Pacific University appears back at the top of his game.

Appearing with four other superstars of American track and field at a “Meet The World’s No. 1 Team” press gathering at Madison Square Garden Tuesday, Clay exuded total optimism.

He reached one milestone on Jan. 3 — his 30th birthday. He expects to reach another in two to four weeks — when he and wife Sarah greet their third child. And in late May he’s determined to have a major assault on another — a decathlon score over 9,000 points and a possible world record.

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2010 Shaping Up to Be Big Year for Clay

Date: January 14, 2010

By: Elliot Denmin

Honolulu Advertiser