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Feat of Clay: American wins gold medal in decathlon

Updated: August 22, 2008, 8:11 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BEIJING -- Bryan Clay won the decathlon at the Beijing Games, the first American man to win the 10-discipline event -- and earn the title "World's Greatest Athlete" -- at the Olympics since 1996.

The 2004 Olympic silver medalist and 2005 world champion, Clay finished with 8,791 points, including 522 in the 1,500 meters late Friday. Dan O'Brien was the last U.S. athlete to win the Olympic decathlon, at Atlanta in 1996.

"I just want the Wheaties box," Clay said, ...

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