Friday, August 22, 2008

Brian Clay captures gold

BEIJING — Hawai'i's Bryan Clay is on top of the world.

Clay, the Castle High graduate from Kane'ohe, led from start to finish to become the first American since 1996 to win the Olympic decathlon gold medal today as the "world's greatest athlete."

Clay is believed to have won the first individual gold by any athlete raised or born and raised in Hawai'i in more than 50 years. Ford Konno won an individual gold medal in swimming in 1952.

"I can't tell you how happy I am to have worked for something for so long, and finally accomplish it, and have my dreams come true," Clay said. "I'm very pleased with my score, of course I'm pleased with the medal and the title that comes with the medal."

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