Friday, August 22, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
BEIJING - Liberia's Jangy Addy, a former standout at Norcross High School, is in ninth place of the decathlon competition at the Olympics in Beijing.
Addy has 4,229 points and trails leader Bryan Clay of the U.S. by 292 points heading into today's final events.
A former national champion at the University of Tennessee, Addy posted personal records in two events. Addy set PRs in the 100-meter run with a time of 10.76 seconds, good for fifth place, and in the long jump with a jump of 24 feet, 21/2 inches. Addy posted a mark of 48-11 to place 11th in the shot put to complete the morning session.
Addy cleared 6-4 in the high jump and posted a season-best time of 48.51 in the 400 to conclude the afternoon session.
Addy, who failed to make the U.S. team after placing sixth at the trials, is competing for his parents' home country of Liberia.