Bryan Clay at Doha

Bryan Clay at Doha

Career Highlights:

2008 Olympic Games Gold Medalist; 2004 Olympic Games Silver Medalist; 2008 Jesse Owens Award winner; 2005 World Outdoor champion; 2008 and 2010 World Indoor champion; three-time USA Outdoor champion (’04, ’05, ’08); Two-time World Indoor silver medalist (’04, ’06); Ranked #2 in the United States on all-time decathlon list; World Record in Decathlon Discuss; 2000 NAIA champion; two-time NAIA LJ champion. Clay got his 2010 season off to a rousing start with his heptathlon gold medal winning performance at the 2010 World Indoor Championships with his tally of 6,204 points, and ended his season by posting the best decathlon score in the world that year with his tally of 8,483 from his win in Gotzis. After winning the Olympic decathlon gold medal in 2008, Clay developed a sore left hamstring during a practice session just prior to the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships while jogging on the long jump runway at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

He did not compete at the USA Outdoor Championships and did not compete in a decathlon during 2009. After dropping out of the U.S. Championships, Clay said: “We have our ultimate goal of coming out in the next three years and going after the world indoor record, the world outdoor record, and then of course, making another Olympic team. My goal is to be the only American to ever win three (decathlon) medals at three Olympics, so we’re starting to look forward at this point.” Clay claimed the “world’s greatest athlete” moniker with his dominating decathlon win at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.  The first U.S. Olympic decathlon champ since Dan O’Brien in 1996, Clay amassed 8,791 points in capturing the Olympic gold medal. His winning margin was a whopping 240 points over silver medalist Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus, which is the largest winning margin at an Olympic Games since 1972.


Clay made a serious statement at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials – Track & Field, where over two days, he scored 8,832 points to win the decathlon and break the previous Olympic Trials record of 8,726 set by Dan O’Brien in 1996, the year O’Brien won Olympic gold. Clay’s score was a personal best, the best by an American in 16 years, and the best in the world in four years. Clay ended the 2008 campaign ranked #1 in the world by Track & Field News for the third time in his career, and also was named the magazine’s U.S. Athlete of the Year, as well as winning USATF’s Jesse Owens Award. In being named #1 in the world for the third time in his career, Clay joins other American decathlon greats Dan O’Brien (4 times), Bruce Jenner, Rafer Johnson, Bob Mathias and Bill Toomey in that exclusive club. Clay endured a difficult season in 2007 as injuries kept him from finishing the decathlon at the AT&T USA Outdoor Championships and the World Championships in Osaka, Japan, where he was in second place heading into the high jump when he suffered an injury to his right quadriceps while attempting to clear 2.0 meters, which forced him to withdraw.  With his win in Gotzis on May 28, Clay ended the 2006 season with the world’s top 10-event performance of the year with 8,677 points. At the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki, Finland, Clay delivered an amazing performance in atrocious conditions to win the gold medal with a world-leading total of 8,732 points. Clay won by a 211-point margin over reigning Olympic champion Roman Sebrle (CZE). His performance provided the largest point differential between first and second places at a World Outdoor Championships since O’Brien won gold for Team USA in 1995 with a victory margin of 206 points. Clay set three individual event personal bests en route to winning the gold medal with his world-leading score. Clay posted personal bests in the shot put (16.25m/53-3.75), 400 meters (47.78) and the javelin (72.00m/236-2) in Helsinki. His javelin mark was a World Championships record for the decathlon…


After setting a personal best of 8,660 points with his win at the 2004 Olympic Trials, Clay bettered that effort with his silver medal-winning total of 8,820 points at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. His tally is the fourth-best in Olympic history, trailing only gold medal winning performances by Roman Sebrle (CZE) in 2004 (8,893), American Dan O’Brien in 1996 (8,824) and Great Britain’s Daley Thompson (8,847) in 1984. Had his international breakthrough when he won the silver medal in the heptathlon at the 2004 World Indoor Championships. Clay moved from Austin, Texas, to Hawaii when he was five years old. Known for his versatility in high school, where he would compete in six events at a given meet, Clay was influenced by 2000 Olympic decathlon bronze medalist Chris Huffins. Clay met Huffins as a high school sophomore at a track clinic in Hawaii, and Huffins persuaded him to try the decathlon. It was Huffins who introduced Clay to his college coach Kevin Reid at Azusa Pacific University, who remains Clay’s coach. Clay’s strongest events are the 100 meters, long jump, the 110m hurdles and the discus.