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Wed, Sep 10th 2008, 10:47

Bryan set for World Combined Events Challenge finale in Talence

alence, France - The best combined events specialists in the world of this year will gather in the French town of Talence, near Bordeaux, for the annual end-of-season combined events Decastar meeting which this year celebrates its 32nd edition. It is also the final meeting for this year’s IAAF World Combined Events Challenge.

Decathlon - Clay looks for American record

Three weeks after the Olympic Games Decathlon this meeting will be headed by the new Olympic champion from Beijing, Bryan Clay. The USA athlete, who won with a superb score of 8791 points in bad weather conditions especially the first day. At the end he was more than 200 points ahead of his pursuers Andrei Kravchenko (BLR) and the 20 year old Cuban athlete, Leonel Suarez.

Kravchenko will also line up in Talence for a rematch of the medal split at the Olympic games. Under, hopefully, better weather conditions and a time table which is more friendly for the combined events athletes an interesting competition may be expected.

Clay is still chasing for the USA record, which is owned by the former World record holder Dan O’Brien, who achieved 8891 points in Talence in 1992. Clay missed this score this year twice with less than 100 points. He is certainly able to beat this score, especially with normal performances in the first 9 events, however he needs to perform also a decent score in the 1500 m., which he did not in Beijing where he ended this event in a lean 5:06.59

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