Clayton Murphy returns to University of Akron after Rio Olympics

Posted at 7:56 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 20:04:26-04

Clayton Murphy, 21, returned from the run of his life in Rio de Janeiro to his old stomping grounds at InfoCision Stadium at the University of Akron on Wednesday.

Murphy, a former Zips' All-American in track and field, was the first United States men's 800-meter runner to win an Olympic medal since 1992 when he took bronze in Rio. His time of 1:42.93 was the fifth-fastest time in American history and the fastest of Murphy's career. 

Akron's mayor Dan Horrigan also declared Wednesday is #ClaytonMurphyDay on social media. 

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Murphy qualified for the 2016 Olympics after he won the 800-meter title at the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. He's the first Zip to ever compete in the Olympics. Murphy turned pro for Team Nike prior to the Rio Olympics.