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Leading Off

Sept. 01, 2008
Sept. 01, 2008

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Sept. 1, 2008

SI Bonus Section: Golf Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
OBITUARY
NFL PREVIEW 2008
BEIJING: 2008 OLYMPICS
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Leading Off

Decathenated

This is an article from the Sept. 1, 2008 issue

After completing the final event of the Olympic decathlon, the 1,500-meter run last Friday in Beijing, competitors collapsed on the track at the Bird's Nest. Bryan Clay of the U.S. (top) finished 23rd in 5:06.59. He was able to take a more leisurely lap (inset) after winning the gold medal with a total of 8,791 points, 240 more than Andrei Krauchanka of Belarus.

Can You Dig It?

Ryan Millar (9) and his U.S. volleyball teammates barely knew where to turn after their four-set upset of reigning Olympic champion Brazil on Sunday at the Institute of Technology (page 169). The gold medal victory capped an emotional tournament for U.S. coach Hugh McCutcheon (inset), whose father-in-law was fatally stabbed while visiting Beijing's Drum Tower on Aug. 9.

Clear the Herr

Andre Hohne of Germany lost his footing during the second lap of the Olympic 50-kilometer walk in the Bird's Nest last Friday but recovered to finish 12th. Alex Schwazer of Italy took gold in an Olympic-record 3:37:09, while a rain-soaked Olga Kaniskina of Russia (inset) also set an Olympic mark in the women's 20K walk, winning in 1:26:31.

PHOTOPhotograph by Simon BrutyPHOTOAL TIELEMANSTWO PHOTOSPhotographs by Al TielemansPHOTOPhotograph by Bill FrakesPHOTOPETER READ MILLER