Disaster in the Decathlon, Bryan Clay has hurdle mishap, by Larry Eder

Bryan Clay, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bryan Clay, the 2004 Olympic bronze and the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, will not make his third Olympic team. His dream turned to disaster in the 110m hurdles, when he hit several of the hurdles, but still kept hurdling.

Bryan Clay hit hurdles 8, hurdles nine and while trying to keep his balance, pushed or hit the last hurdle, running near the finish and walking over the finish, with an approximate time of 16.30.

Bryan Clay, photo by PhotoRun.net

Bryan Clay continued to compete, throwing in the javelin, and the discus. More to come on this story.

This is the brutal honesty of the Olympic Trials, you have to have your best day, or you are not going to make it.

One keen decathlon observer noted that the decathlon is ten events within which one must minimize the mistakes. There are ten events to make a mistake in, the key is to focus.

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