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Bryan Clay is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA. The defending champion in the decathlon, Clay is looking to become the first athlete ever to win three Olympic medals in the sport's most grueling event.

Injury struck in 2009 as Clay withdrew from the national championships just hours before they started with a sore left hamstring. Speaking to the media about his decision, he 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." He won the 2010 world indoor heptathlon the following year before ending his season in June due to a groin injury. In 2011, Clay withdrew from the USA Outdoor Championships after falling during the 110m hurdles and injuring his calf.

The 2008 Olympics was the second for Bryan Clay. And the second Olympic medal. Leading the competition from start to finish over the two day event, Clay claimed the gold medal with 8,791 points. His winning margin of 240 points was the largest winning margin at an Olympic Games since 1972.

After winning silver in Athens, Clay followed that performance with World Championship gold in 2005 and the No. 1 ranking in the world in 2006.

At the last Olympics, Clay was just a rising young decathlon star. He finished second to Tom Pappas at the 2003 and 2004 U.S. Outdoor Championships, but then defeated Pappas to win the event at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials. The 100m, long jump, 110m hurdles and discus are his best events.

After shedding 12 pounds and regaining his health, Clay was in fine form in the heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships in March. He opened with a win in the 60m and won three more events, scoring a personal best 6,371 points for his second world title. Clay could have set a new world record by running under 2 minutes, 45.47 seconds in the final 1,000m event, but he finished in 2:55.64.

Injuries and illness began rearing their ugly head late in the 2006 season and hampered Clay throughout 2007. Low blood sugar prevented Clay from finishing the 2006 U.S. Outdoor Championships. A sore knee forced him to withdraw from the 2007 U.S. Outdoor Championships, and at the 2007 World Championships Clay suffered a foot injury during the high jump that forced him from the competition. A sore left hamstring kept him out of the 2009 U.S. Outdoor Championships.

Despite his relatively small size for a decathlete, Clay excels in the throwing events. He uses his compact frame and exceptional speed to overcome his stature. "When you have a guy like me who is a little more explosive, if you can master those (throws) events, it's nothing but good for you," Clay said. "It's not necessarily size that matters, it's how fast you move that implement."

Clay owes his interest in decathlon to 2000 Olympic bronze medalist Chris Huffins. At Castle High School in Keneohe, Hawaii, the versatile Clay competed in as many as six events. Clay met Huffins his sophomore year at a track clinic, and Huffins convinced Clay to try the decathlon. Huffins later introduced Clay to Kevin Reid, the coach at Azusa Pacific University, an NAIA school in Azusa, California. Reid also coached former Olympic decathlon bronze medalist Dave Johnson of "Dan and Dave" fame. Clay eventually decided to attend Azusa Pacific, and Reid remains his coach.

A record 23-time NAIA All-American, Clay led the Cougars to national indoor and outdoor championships as a senior in 2002, the first time that team double had ever been accomplished. Clay was named outstanding performer at the 2002 NAIA Outdoor Championships after winning the pentathlon and the long jump; he also won national titles in the long jump in 2001 and the decathlon in 2000. While still an undergrad he placed third in the decathlon at the 2001 Nationals with 8,169 points, the fourth-best total by an American that year.

Clay is the son of a Japanese immigrant mother, Michele Ishimoto, and an African-American father, Greg Clay, who divorced when Bryan was in fifth grade. He was raised in Hawaii under the strong influence of his mom's Japanese culture. "Our house was always full of grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins," says Clay. "We ate ozoni [a traditional Japanese rice soup] on New Year's Eve. My life was very Japanese."


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Age: 36 years old
Birthday: January 3, 1980
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Full Name / Real Name: Bryan Ezra Tsumoru Clay
Birthplace: Austin, TX
Hometown: Kaneohe, HI
Current Residence: Glendora, CA
Wife: Sarah Smith

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