Tom Pappas won his fifth U.S. decathlon title in a competition that was without reigning world champion Bryan Clay, who withdrew after four events, citing fatigue. Pappas scored 8352 points.
“I know if he stayed in the competition it would have pushed me more to score. Then on the other hand I might have got hurt trying to do more than I should have,” Pappas said, “but having somebody like Bryan out here is always great.”
Pappas was the world champion in 2003 but has been bothered by injuries since. He has long fought foot problems and tweaked a groin in training two weeks before the U.S. meet.