Clayton Murphy

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Clayton Murphy
Personal information
Born (1995-02-26) February 26, 1995 (age 23)
Greenville, Ohio
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
Weight150 lb (68 kg)[1]
Event(s)800 meters, 1500 meters
College teamAkron
Turned proJune 27, 2016 [2]
Coached byPete Julian
Achievements and titles
Olympic finalsBronze, 800m, 2016
Highest world ranking4 (800m, 2016)
Personal best(s)800 meters: 1:42.93[3]
1500 meters: 3:36.22[3]
Updated on September 9, 2018.

Clayton Murphy (born February 26, 1995) is an American middle-distance runner. He won the bronze medal in the 800-meter run at the 2016 Olympic Games. He was the gold medalist in the 800-meter run at the 2015 Pan American Games. He ran collegiately for the University of Akron, before signing with Nike in June 2016.[2]

Running career[edit]

High school[edit]

Clayton is the son of Mark and Melinda Murphy and raised in New Madison, Ohio. He attended Tri-Village High School [4] and began to take part in track and field and cross country running while there. Murphy broke the Division III state record in the 1600 Meter Run at the 2013 state track meet in Columbus[5] in 4:11.72.[6]


Clayton Murphy won 12 Mid-American Conference titles, NCAA Division I 2016 Indoor 800 m title, NCAA Division I 2016 Outdoor 1500 m title and earned 4 NCAA Division I All-American awards.[7]


He enrolled at the University of Akron in fall 2013. He began to train with the Akron Zips college track team.[8] He is coached by the head distance coach, Lee LaBadie, who is a sub 4-minute miler and a former runner for the University of Illinois. At the 2014 Mid-American Conference (MAC) indoor meet, Clayton won the mile run and was runner-up over 3000 meters. He went on to win the outdoor conference title in the 1500 meters. He ran 3:44.53 minutes for the distance that year while winning at the Mt. SAC Relays.[9]


He opened the following academic year (2014–15) with a fourth-place finish at the MAC Cross Country Championships, then followed this with an 800 m/mile double at the MAC Indoor meet. In February he ran a personal best and school record of 4:00.39 minutes for the indoor mile run.[8] On his national debut at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships he claimed third place in the 800 m with a new best time of 1:47.06 minutes.[10] Similar results came outdoors, as he won a middle-distance double at the MAC Outdoor Championships and again placed third at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He also won the 800 m at the Drake Relays and set a school record of 3:40.69 for the 1500 m.[8]


He placed well the following academic year (2015–16) with a 4th place at Mid American Conference Championships in Cross Country and twentieth place at 2015 NCAA Division I Great Lakes Region Cross Country Championships. Murphy won 2016 Mid-American Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships titles in Distance medley relay, 4x400 m relay, Mile, and 800 metres. Murphy won 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in 800 metres. Murphy won 2016 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships titles in 1500 metres and 800 metres. Murphy won 1500 m at 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 3:36.38.

National and international competitions[edit]

At the end of the college season, he entered the 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He ran personal records in each round and ended the competition in fourth place with a time of 1:45.59 for the 800m.[11] This earned him selection for the American squad for the Pan American Games. In his international debut – also his first time abroad – he surprised by winning the gold medal some four hundredths ahead of Colombia's Rafith Rodríguez, taking the lead in the final stretch. Murphy's roommate Ryan Martin was also a medalist in the event.[12] Murphy was the first American in more than 15 years to win the title, following on from Johnny Gray's 1999 victory. Clayton earned a silver medal in the 800 meters at the 2015 North American, Central American and Caribbean Championships. This edition, 2015 NACAC Championships were a regional track and field competition held at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose, Costa Rica from August 7–9, 2015. Murphy finished 12th in 2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's 800 metres held August 21–25, 2015 in Beijing, China.

He chose to run the 800 meters at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials, which paid off. His fast finish out-sprinted Boris Berian for the win and Olympic team berth in a personal record 1:44.76. He won Bronze in the 800m at the 2016 Rio Olympics in a new personal record of 1:42.93, the fifth-fastest time ever by an American.[13]

At the 2017 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships, Murphy finished first with a time of 4:00.0.[14] He chose to compete in the 800 meters at the 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships then compete in the 1500 meters at the same championships and ran 1:45.70 to make the final, but did not start in the 800 meters final after an injury in the 1500 meters final[15] where he finished in 3:50.55 to place 13th in the 1500 meters.[16][17] Clayton Murphy joined Nike Oregon Project in August 2017 and moved to Portland in the Fall 2017 to train at the Nike headquarters with Matthew Centrowitz, the Rio Olympic gold medalist over 1500m.[18][19][20]

Personal records[edit]

Personal life[edit]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 1st 800 m 1:47.19
NACAC Championships San José, Costa Rica 2nd 800 m 1:46.38
World Championships Beijing, China 12th 800 m 1:46.28
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 800 m 1:42.93
2017 IAAF World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 1st 4 × 800 m relay 7:13.16

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Clayton Murphy". Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  2. ^ a b "NCAA Champions Clayton Murphy and Courtney Okolo turn professional with Nike". Doyle Management. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  3. ^ a b "800 Metres Result | The XXXI Olympic Games". Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  4. ^ "MileSplit Athlete Profiles". Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  5. ^ "Clayton Murphy Sets New Record At State Meet…". 2013-06-08. Archived from the original on 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  6. ^ "Tri-valley High School Track & Field and Cross Country - Dresden, Ohio - News - 2013 Results - Ohio OHSAA Outdoor State Championships". Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  7. ^ Clayton Murphy race results TFRRS. Retrieved on November 28, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Clayton Murphy University of Akron profile Archived 2015-07-12 at the Wayback Machine.. Akron Zips. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  9. ^ Clayton Murphy. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  10. ^ Clayton Murphy nabs 3rd in first NCAA final Archived 2015-07-21 at the Wayback Machine.. Flotrack. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  11. ^ Zips’ Murphy places fourth in 800 at US Championships. Canton Rep (2015-06-29). Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  12. ^ Gardner, Mike (2015-07-24). In First Trip Outside The U.S., Clayton Murphy Strikes Gold In Toronto. TeamUSA. Retrieved on 2015-07-27.
  13. ^ "Clayton Murphy - Akron". 1995-02-26. Retrieved 2016-09-15.
  14. ^ "Murphy Wins, Mackey Surprises at the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships". 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  15. ^ Gault, Jonathan (June 25, 2017). "2017 USATF Men's 800: Donavan Brazier Finds Redemption To Win His First National Title with a Brilliant 1:44.14". letsrun. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  16. ^ Shaner, Kyle (June 27, 2017). "Versailles grad Samuel Prakel finishes 7th in 1,500 meter run at USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships". The Daily Advocate. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  17. ^ "2017 USATF Championships Results - 6/22/2017 to 6/25/2017 Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, California". June 25, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  18. ^ "Clayton Murphy joined Nike Oregon Project". flotrack. August 25, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  19. ^ "Clayton Murphy Nike Oregon Project profile". Nike Oregon Project. August 25, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.
  20. ^ "Clayton Murphy joins Nike Oregon Project". dyestat. August 25, 2017. Retrieved November 1, 2017.

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