Sykes Celebrates Local University Of Akron Olympic Bronze Medalist Clayton Murphy
House Resolution recognizes Murphy for 2016 Olympic victory

State Rep. Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) today offered a House Resolution honoring University of Akron student Clayton Murphy for being awarded the bronze medal in the 800-meter dash at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Murphy, a senior at the University of Akron, will be graduating in May with a degree in Corporate Finance.

“I am thrilled to be honoring Clayton Murphy on the House floor today. It is often said that the 34th House District is the birthplace of champions, and Mr. Murphy is no exception,” said Sykes. “Also to be credited is his coach, Lee LaBadie, and the track and field coaching staff at the University.”  

During his tenure at the University of Akron, Murphy won twelve Mid-American Conference titles, the NCAA Division on 2016 indoor 800-meter title, the NCAA Division I 2016 outdoor 1500-meter title, and earned for NCAA Division I All-American awards.  

Murphy earned the USA’s first medal in the 800-meter since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. 

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