Bryan Clay, Roman Sebrle, 2008 Olympics, photo by PhotoRun.net
Roman Sebrle, one of the most charismatic athletes in our sport, and the World record holder in the decathlon, until last night, spoke thoughtfully about Ashton Eaton's new WR and his friend, Bryan Clay. This is one of the reasons' RBR loves the sport of track & field-the class of our athletes.
Roman Sebrle after Ashton Eaton world record:
"Yes, it is little bit of nostalgia losing the world record. But I m happy for Ashton, as I said already earlier after his great indoor marks he was the one who could break it. Records are there to be broken. But it lasted 11 years and that is still a great feeling. I was following it, after his great pole vault it looked nearly clear he would do it. But you never know, actually 13 points that is for example 1 cm in the high jump, not that big margin. But let´s see whether he will be able to improve it, he did four personal bests and that you cannot repeat everyday. Ashton is fast and has also great endurance, that is not very usual. We had in the past in decathlon fast sprinters/jumpers but they did not had the endurance for the 1500 m. I think he is big favorite for London gold and I feel sorry for my good friend Bryan Clay, I sent him a message after what happened on Saturday. For me now the ultimate goal is to achieve 8200 in Helsinki and so to qualify to London. I m feeling good and will try for that. To have my last olympics."