GREENVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – The 2016 summer Olympics are history and Darke county’s own, Clayton Murphy, made his mark.
The 21-year-old ran in the men’s 800 meter race in Rio last week and earned himself a bronze medal.
Before that win, he took many other awards home including ones for showing pigs at the county fair.
“He was always in the top of the class or winning the class. Anything athletic and I guess anything that took hard work, he was always good at,” said his childhood friend and fellow 4-H member, Lucas King.
While involved in the county’s Top Notch 4-H club, Murphy was a leader and someone others looked up to.
“He’s always been out there and going the extra mile,” said 4-H member, AJ Warner.
A former adviser of the club, Scott Labig said Murphy participated for nine years.
“Going to the Olympics is better than winning grand champion any day. It sure made watching the Olympics real enjoyable having one of your local kids in it,” Labig said.
Throughout the Great Darke County Fair which ends August 27th, you’ll find a banner congratulating the hometown hero. On it, a picture of Murphy moments after he won bronze, which his mother, Melinda Murphy says she hopes it inspires other local kids to live their dreams.
“That eight year old kid showing a pig in that show ring, their goal and their dream is to win grand champion and that was his at one point in time. He achieved another goal and another dream and it’s a nice inspiration to have him looking down or lookout out at everybody going it’s very possible. Just hang onto your dream and keep working,” Murphy said.
Clayton Murphy plans to finish his senior year at Akron and graduate in May.