University of Akron student Clayton Murphy takes bronze in Rio Olympics men's 800 meter

First American to medal in race since 1992
Posted at 7:15 AM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 07:37:09-04

A University of Akron student who went to the Rio Olympics has taken the bronze in the men's 800 meter.

Clayton Murphy, from a small town near Dayton named New Paris, is now an Olympic medalist. Monday night, he became the first American to medal in the race since 1992. His time was 1:46.18.


In July, Reporter Bob Jones spoke with Murphy. Jones learned earlier that month, Murphy, 21, won the 800-meter title at the United States Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore. His victory made him the first Zip track and field athlete to qualify for the Olympics.

Watch the video below to learn more about Murphy and another University of Akron student who went to the Olympics, Shawn Barber.