Clayton Murphy to debut over 3000 meters at 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix

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Clayton Murphy moved from fine college runner Olympic bronze medalist in 2016. I remember watching the 800 meter final in Rio. I was in the BBC One radio area, which had the most tremendous view in the stadium. As Clayton Murphy charged up the final straight, he took control of the bronze medal position and won his first Olympic medal. It was exciting to witness Clayton Murphy elevate himself to one of the finest 800 meters in the world in 2016. It was fun watching him develop, as our columnist, David Hunter, had kept RunBlogRun readers updated on Clayton's development over the past few years. Now, Clayton Murphy is an Olympic bronzem medalist. Where does he go in 2017.

Well, one of the first places is the 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

Now, Clayton Murphy who last year raced from 800 meter to 1,500 meters, has now moved to the 3000 meters. He will be running the 3000 meters at the 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on January 28, 2017.

Murphy_ClaytonFH1b-USOlyTr16.jpgClayton Murphy, win the Olympic Trials 2016, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 2017 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix will be an exciting meet. At 3.30 PM on January 28, 2017, the meet begins and nearly three hours of exciting track and field will ensue. Indoor track has the competiton close to the fans, which is what athletes love about it. Reggie Lewis has a great Mondo surface, where races are fast and furious. Great competitions, exciting races, that is what you will find at the Reggie Lewis Center on the last Saturday in January 2017.

Murphy_ClaytonFH-Rio16.jpgClayton Murphy takes the bronze in Rio, photo by PhotoRun.net

The 3000 meter distance has been a favorite in Roxbury. From Dejen Gebremariam's one shoe victory, to Hagos Gebrhewit's 3000 meters indoor meet record.

Gebrhiwet_HagosFV1-Zurich16.jpgHagos Gebrihewit, photo by PhotoRun.net

How will Clayton Murphy do over 3000 meters? Well, this young man does not run dumb tactical races. If he can keep in contact, and if he is there with 200 meters to go, good luck, I am not betting against him.

Clayton Murphy set for 3000m Clash in Boston

Three Olympic medalists face-off at 3000m while three US junior record holders highlight the future of US track

BOSTON, Mass. (Jan. 6, 2017) - Clayton Murphy, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist at 800 meters, will step up in distance and challenge the reigning Olympic 5000m silver and bronze medalists, Paul Chelimo and Hagos Gebrhiwet, organizers announced today. Also con rmed to make their New Balance Indoor Grand Prix debuts are a trio of American Under-20 Record holders: Noah Lyles, Candace Hill and Donavan Brazier.

The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, and is the only U.S. stop on the IAAF World Indoor Tour. The series of ve international events begins in Boston and awards overall winners $20,000 and a guaranteed spot at next year's IAAF World Indoor Championships. Clayton Murphy, 21, has made a name for himself as one of America's great middle distance runners. In June, he won the NCAA Championship title at 1500m for the University of Akron and then took rst in the 800m nal at the U.S. Olympic Trials. At the Olympic Games in Rio, Murphy won the bronze medal in a time of 1:42.93, making him the third-fastest American in history.

In Boston, Murphy will compete over 3000m where he will face two of last summer's three Olympic 5000m medalists: fellow American and silver medalist Paul Chelimo, and bronze medalist Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia. Gebrhiwet's best time for 3000m indoors, 7:32.87, is both the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix meet record and the fastest time ever run in North America.

Noah Lyles, 19, confirmed his status as one of America's most promising young sprinters when he nished fourth in the nal of the 200m at the U.S. Olympic Trials. His time of 20.09 broke the national high school record of 20.13 set back in 1985. Lyles finished his 2016 campaign by earning gold medals at the IAAF World U20 Championships in both the 100m and as the anchor for the USA's 4x100m Relay team. Lyles will compete in the 300m in Boston, while Josephus Lyles, Noah's 18-year old brother and a two-time IAAF World Youth Championships medalist, will race over 60m.

Candace Hill, 17, made history in 2015 when, as a sophomore, she ran 10.98 seconds in the 100m, becoming the first high school girl and the youngest ever to break the 11.00-second barrier. Hill went on to win double gold at 100m and 200m at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships and last year won gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m Relay at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Poland. This will be Hill's rst-ever competition at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.

Donavan Brazier, 19, is one of America's most exciting middle distance talents. As a freshman at Texas A&M University, Brazier won the NCAA Championship title at 800m in a time of 1:43.55. That time broke both the NCAA and American Under-20 Records that had been set fty years earlier by the legendary Jim Ryun. In Boston, Brazier will be racing over 600m.

These athletes will be joined at the event by the previously announced Olympic gold medalists Matthew Centrowitz, Jenn Suhr, and Ekaterini Stefanídi, and Olympic bronze medalists Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn.

Now in its 22nd year, the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix has played host to eight World Records and 14 American Records and will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

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