Clayton Murphy advances to 800-meter semifinals in Rio Olympics

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Mike Hartsock updates Clayton Murphy's bid for Olympic gold in Rio.

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Clayton Murphy’s Olympics began Friday. They will continue at least one more day after he qualified for the semifinals in the 800-meter run.

The Tri-Village High School gradplaced fourth in his heat, posting a time of 146.18. Then he had to wait out four more races before finding out if he would advance to the semifinals tomorrow.

The top three in each of seven heats automatically qualified, and Murphy grabbed one of three wildcard spots.

Saturday’s semifinals begin at 9:08 p.m., and the finals are set for 9:25 p.m. Monday.

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Murphy, an All-American at the University of Akron, secured his spot on the Olympic team by winning the 800 final at the U.S. trials in Oregon in July.

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