Clayton Murphy receives congrats from last American 800 gold medalist

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Local community reacts to Clayton Murphy Olympic win

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Clayton Murphy not only made the Miami Valley proud Monday night at the Olympics when he won the bronze medal in the 800-meter run, he also made history.

The Tri-Village graduate was the first male track runner from the area to win an Olympic medal since Dayton native Edwin C. Moses took home a bronze in the 400-meter hurdles in 1988.

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No American had won a medal in the 800 since Johnny Gray in 1992, and the last American to win the gold remains Dave Wottle in 1972.

Wottle, a Canton native who ran at Bowling Green, was among those to congratulate Murphy on his achievement after Sports Illustrated contacted him.

Murphy met Wottle in July when the elder runner presented him with his gold medal after he won the 800 at the U.S. trials.

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