Hawaii's Bryan Clay going for gold

Bryan Clay
Bryan Clay

By Jason Tang - bio | email

Eugene, OR (KHNL) - It was a record setting performance for 28-year old Castle high alum decathlete Bryan Clay. His score of 8,832 points is a new record at the U.S. Olympic trials, erasing that of Dan O'Brien's from 1996. But being the top athlete in the country isn't Clay's top goal. He's looking to be the best in the world when he competes in Beijing this August.

"It's easy to have a good event, it's easy to have two good events, it's easy to have three good events, it's very difficult to have 10 good events," said Clay after winning the U.S. Olympic trials.

One of Clay's goal is to score 9100 points or better in Beijing, but his number one goal is to improve upon his silver medal finish at Athens in 2004.

"Of course the gold is my number one goal, but I learned something about the decathlon at the last Olympics, and what I learned is it's not about winning or losing, it's about getting to the oOympic games and being an Olympic athlete for the United States of America, and representing the United States of America the best you can and put your best foot forward. To me that's what the Olympic games are about and that's what i'm going back to try and experience again, and if I can go out there and have fun and put my best foot forward I think there are gold medals out there," said Clay.

Out there just like his son Jacob, who cheered his daddy on to his latest victory.

"Did daddy do a good job or a bad job?" asked Clay to his son.

"A good job," responded Jacob.

"Did you cheer for me?" asked Clay.

"Yeah," his son responded.

"What did you say?" asked Clay.

"Go, Daddy, Go!" said Jacob.

The Olympic games open on August 8th.  Right now the track and field schedule has the decathlon beginning on Wednesday August 20th, concluding on Friday the 22nd. You can see all your Olympic coverage exclusively on KHNL NBC 8.