11 MAR 2006 General News

Men’s Heptathlon, 60m

A procession to open the men’s heptathlon with American Bryan Clay, the Decathlon champion from last summer’s 10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, showing he is going to be the man to catch again.

After a faulty start, a brilliant start by Clay, who ran a season’s best of 6.67 to totally control the race.

Infact, by 20 metres, his lead was so immense that those behind him were strugggling to maintain the pace he had set. An athlete with a personal best of 6.65, Clay deserved the plaudits he received from his seven opponents after a performance that saw him look strong and powerful in the drive motion before raising his head to ease to victory.

It meant a lead of 88 points after less than seven seconds of action for Clay, who was in front with 1003 from Estonia’s Kristjan Rahnu, who scored 915 from his second place of 6.91 with Russian Konstantin Smirnov third in 6.92.

The athletes compete in four events today and three tomorrow, with the long jump to follow this morning and the shot put and High Jump this afternoon.