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Posted on: Friday, March 12, 2010

Hawaii's Clay leads heptathlon at world indoor championships


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Bryan Clay of the United States competes in Men's heptathlon shot put at the 13th IAAF World Indoor Championships itoday in Doha, Qatar.

MATT DUNHAM | Associated Press

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Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Bryan Clay of the United States competes in Men's heptathlon high jump at the 13th IAAF World Indoor Championships.

MATT DUNHAM | Associated Press

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DOHA, Qatar The men's heptathlon was billed as an American battle between Olympic champion Bryan Clay and world champion Trey Hardee at the world indoor championships.

But after four of seven events, Clay, a Kane'ohe native, leads with 3,549 points, just one ahead of Aleksey Drozdov of Russia. Oleksiy Kasyanov of Ukraine was in bronze-medal position with 3,477, while Hardee was fifth with 3,450.

Clay, a Castle High alum, was first in the 60 meters (6.67 seconds, 1,003 points), sixth in the long jump (7.27 meters (23 feet, 10 1/4 inches), 878), third in the shot put (season best 15.31m (50-2 3/4), 809) and sixth in the high jump (season best 2.06 (6-9 3/4), 859).

The heptathlon concludes tomorrow with the 60 meter hurdles, pole vault and 1.000 meters.
The Associated Press and www.iaaf.org contributed to this report.