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Tri-Village grad Murphy makes Olympic team

Published: Saturday, July 02, 2016 @ 9:27 PM
Updated: Tuesday, July 05, 2016 @ 8:39 AM

Tri-Village Supt Josh Sagester talks about Clayton Murphy.

UPDATE @ 11:01 p.m. July 4

Clayton Murphy won the 800-meter finals Monday at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon to secure a spot at the 2016 Olympics.

The Tri-Village High School graduate who recently turned pro came from behind in the final 100 meters to pass Boris Berian, finishing with a time of 1 minute, 44.76 seconds.

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“I wasn’t sure if I could catch (Berian), but when I came off the top of the curve in second I had confidence that I could be top three,” Murphy said. “It’s overwhelming. The Olympian part overweighs that national champion part, for sure, because the goal was to be top three going in. To be an Olympian and to be able to represent Team USA is something I’ve dreamed of since I started running. I just can’t wait to get to Rio.”

Berian finished second in 1:44.92. Third-place Charles Jock (1:45.48) also is Rio-bound.

The Olympics will take place from Aug. 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m. July 4: Clayton Murphy won the 800-meter finals Monday night in Eugene, Oregon to to secure a spot at the 2016 Olympics.

The Tri-Village High School graduate came from behind in the final 100 meters to pass Boris Berian, finishing with a time 1 minute, 44.76 seconds. Berian and Charles Jock will join Murphy on Team USA.

The Olympics will run from August 5-21st in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

EARLIER

Clayton Murphy won his heat in Saturday’s 800-meter semifinal at the USA Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Murphy, a Tri-Village High School graduate, advanced to the finals to be held on Monday. Murphy won gold in the 800 in the 2015 Pan-American Games.

Cedarville University sophomore Carsyn Koch placed fifth in her 800-meter preliminary heat on Friday. She did not advance.

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