Former Gators Christian Taylor and Will Claye earn gold, silver medals in triple jump
Former Florida Gators Christian Taylor and Will Claye earned gold and silver medals in the men's triple jump Thursday in the London 2012 Olympic games.
It is the first time the United State has finished 1-2 in the men's triple jump since 1992 when Mike Conley won a gold medal and Charles Simpkins won silver.
Taylor won the gold medal with a jump of 17.81m/58-5.25. Clay earned silver with a jump of 17.62m/57-9.75.
Claye is the first athlete from the United States to earn medals in the long jump (bronze) and triple jump since 1904.
Taylor led the competition in the qualifying round, needing only one jump to automatically qualify for Thursday’s final, leaping 17.21m/56-5.75 (+0.2) on his first attempt to lead all competitors. Claye used his final jump of 16.87m/55-4.25 (-0.2) to qualify for the finals, finishing fourth in his flight and seventh overall.
In every championship triple jump competition in the last four years in which both Claye and Taylor have competed, one has claimed the top spot. Taylor is the reigning World Outdoor and U.S. Olympic Trials Champion, while Claye is the reigning World Indoor Champion.