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Mon, Mar 10th 2008, 11:32

Clay wins gold in world heptathlon

vercoming illness and injury, former Kane’ohe resident Bryan Clay won gold in the heptathlon yesterday at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain.

Clay, who entered the day with a 174-point lead, won one of the final three events to amass a personal-best 6,371 points for his second world title.

Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus was second with 6,234 points and Dimitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan third with 6,131. Donovan Kilmartin, Clay’s U.S. teammate, finished fifth with 5,951. Olympic champion Roman Sebrle, who was second after the first day, withdrew because of an injury.

Clay, a 28-year-old Castle High alum now living in Glendora, Calif., was pleased with his performance, particularly after a recent battle with the flu and an injured hamstring.

“I was sick and then I was hurt,” said Clay, who recently lost 12 pounds. “Two weeks ago I would have told you that I wouldn’t even be able to compete here. This just shows how well my training is going.”

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