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Olympic champion Clay won't pursue spot in London

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Olympic decathlon champion Bryan Clay says he won't pursue a spot on the Olympic team in London after faltering at the U.S. track trials.

Clay stumbled in the 110-meter hurdles then struggled in the discus in last weekend's multi-event competition, finishing in 12th place.

Track's national governing body allows for the top three finishers in each event at the trials to earn a spot on the U.S. team, provided they have the "A'' standard required to compete in the Olympics.

Because only two U.S. decathletes had the standard - trials winner Ashton Eaton and runner-up Trey Hardee - only two spots on the team were filed. That led to some speculation that Clay might go for the standard at some point before the July 8 deadline set by the International Olympic Committee.

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