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Norcross' Addy finishes 23rd in Olympic decathlon

LONDON -- Competing in his second Olympics, Norcross grad Jangy Addy ended up 23rd overall in the decathlon, which finished Thursday in London.

The 27-year-old, representing Liberia, scored 7,586 points and finished 23rd, three spots lower than he finished in 2008 in the Beijing Olympics. American Ashton Eaton won the gold medal Thursday with 8,869 points.

Addy ran the 110-meter hurdles in 14.23 seconds Thursday and finished the 1,500 in 5:08.14. He finished fourth in his group in the discus at 149 feet, 7 inches, threw 165-2 in the javelin and cleared 13-9 in the pole vault.

The first day of competition was Wednesday and Addy was in 20th place after winning his heat or group in three of five events. He won his 100-meter heat in 10.89 and also took first in his 400 heat in 48.64. His shot put toss of 49-1 was best in his group. His long jump Wednesday was 22-7 and he cleared 6-4 in the high jump.

Addy, who was a college decathlete at Tennessee, was born in the U.S. but is eligible to compete for Liberia because his parents were born there.