Christian Taylor Triple Jump 17.96m (Video) - Daegu World Championships 2011

>> September 04, 2011

American Christian Taylor leaped 17.96m (+0.1) to win the gold medal  in the men's triple jump at the last day of World championships in Daegu. The 21-year-old opened his legal jump with 17.04s in the second attempt after fouled in the previous one. Taylor's third attempt 17.40m moved him to second position, but still way behind the favorite and defending world champion Phillips Idowu of Great Britain who registered 17.70m earlier.

However, in the fourth attempt, Taylor did a monster jump 17.96m - the 5th longest jump in history and bettered his old mark (17.68m) by 28cm, which guaranteed him the gold medal. Only Jonathan Edward (18.29), Kenny Harrison (18.09), Teddy Tamgho (17.98), and Willi Banks (17.97) have jumped further than the mark.

Taylor is also a good sprinter, he has 45.34s as a personal best in 400 meters and consistently run 45 seconds over the years. He run a respected time of 20.76s in 200m as well. In 2007, his best jump over triple jump is only 15.98s, a year later he slightly improved  to 16.05m. During the previous world championships he was still an "unknown" triple jumper with best jump of 16.65m. He touched the 17m for the first time at 2010 in 17.02m. He just phenomenal in 2011.

Idowu, improved his jump to 17.77m to confirm the silver medal. Fellow American Will Claye took the bronze in 17.50m.

Video of Christian Taylor in Triple Jump (17.96m) - Daegu World Championships



Results
1, Christian Taylor, USA, 17.96 (0.1) PB
2, Phillips Idowu, GBR, 17.77 (0.0)
3, Will Claye, USA, 17.50 (0.1)
4, Alexis Copello, CUB, 17.47 (0.1)
5, Nelson Evora, POR, 17.35 (0.0)
6, Christian Olsson, SWE, 17.23 (0.0)
7, Leevan Sands, BAH, 17.21 (-0.2)
8, Benjamin Compaore, FRA, 17.17 (0.2)
9, Henry Frayne, AUS, 16.78 (-0.1)
10, Fabrizio Donato, ITA, 16.77 (-0.1)
11, Yoandris Betanzos, CUB, 16.67 -0.1
12, Sheryf El-Sheryf, UKR, 16.38 (-0.1)

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