Darke County native Clayton Murphy finished eighth Tuesday in the 800-meter finals at the World Track and Field Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Murphy was in fifth place after the first 400 meters in 50.09 seconds, but slipped to a 1:47.84 finish. The event was won by fellow American Donavan Brazier, who broke the championships record and the all-time American record in a time of 1:42.34.
»ARCHDEACON: Murphy an Olympian now and forever
Murphy, 24, had to advance through the preliminary rounds to make the final, taking second place in his opening heat Saturday in 1:45.62, and third in his semifinal Sunday in 1:44.48. He, Brazier and Bryce Hoppel all made the final, after no American man made the 800-meter final at the past two world championships.
Murphy has succeeded at every level – winning a 2013 high school state championship at 1,600 meters for Tri-Village, then two NCAA championships for the University of Akron in the indoor 800 meters and outdoor 1,500 meters.
Internationally he’s been an 800-meter star, winning gold at the 2015 Pan-American Games and taking the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
»PHOTOS: Murphy takes bronze at 2016 Olympics
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