Pappas Withdraws with Injury

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State assistant track and field coach Tom Pappas had to cut his Olympic dreams short withdrawing from the decathlon after two events with a foot injury. Papas withdrew from the decathlon after making one attempt in the long jump the second of 10 events in the two days of competition.


Pappas ran the 100 meters in 11.12 and was in 19th place following the event. His long jump of 24-3 was enough to finish seventh in the event and push him to 12th overall, but he was unable to continue due to his injury.


Fellow American Bryan Clay leads was leading the decathlon after four events with the 400 meters remaining Thursday before the final five events are completed Friday.


Another Wildcat, former K-State standout Austra Skujyte, competed in the women’s heptathlon and also did not finish. Skujyte was competing for her native Lithuania and put herself into medal contention after three events when she posted the second-best shot put in the competition to move into seventh overall. She was in 13th after four events but failed to mark in the fifth event, the long jump, to have her Olympic Games come to an end.