On Monday night in Rio de Janeiro, rising American middle-distance star Clayton Murphy turned in a stellar performance in the men’s 800m run, earning the bronze medal is his first international championship. Kenya’s David Rudisha successfully repeated his 2012 gold medal effort by winning the race in 1:42.15 and was followed by silver medalist Taoufik Makhloufi (1:42.61) of Algeria. Murphy, a former University of Akron runner, had been a bit boxed in on the backstretch in sixth place, but, after passing fellow American Boris Berian, he closed hard over the final 150m, coming from fifth place at the top of the turn to finish third in 1:42.93.
Murphy, 21, who grew up on a pig farm in New Madison, Ohio, ran the third-fastest time in U.S. history and earned the first medal by a U.S. male since Johnny Gray took bronze in 1992. Berian, the 2016 world indoor champion in the 800m, finished eighth in 1:46:15.
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