posted on Aug, 24 2004 @ 03:56 PM
Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic won the decathlon with an Olympic record of 8,893 points, It was a valiant effort for American Bryan Clay, who came
in second place with 8,820 points. Dmitriy Karpov of Kazakhstan won the bronze with a total of 8,725.
Clay entered the final event, the 1500-meter race, 63 points behind Sebrle, but finished behind 24th out of the final competitors. Sebrle was 23rd.
Sebrle's point total shatters the old Olympic mark of Great Britain's Daley Thompson (8.847) in 1984. Sebrle improved on his silver medal performance
at the decathlon four years ago and he currently holds the world record in the event with 9,026 points, set at a meet in Austria three years ago.
American Tom Pappas was in fifth place entering the pole vault, but then injured his left foot and withdrew from the competition. He was hurt on his
first vault attempt.