American Olympic medalists Sam Kendricks of Oxford, Mississippi and Christian Taylor of Uniondale, New York each won Diamond League track and field competitions in Paris on Saturday. Kendricks won the gold medal in the men's pole vault and Taylor won the gold medal in the men's triple jump.
Kendricks, who won the bronze medal for the United States in the men's pole vault at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, had a winning jump of 5.82 metres in Paris. Renaud Lavillenie of France won the silver medal with a jump of 5.62 metres and Shawnacy Barber of Canada won the bronze medal also with a jump of 5.62 metres. Lavillenie placed ahead of Barber because Barber had two more misses than Lavillenie by the time they both cleared 5.62 metres.
Taylor, who won the gold medal for the United States in the men's triple jump at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, won the gold medal in Paris with a winning jump of 17.29 metres. Will Claye of Tucson, Arizona won the silver medal with a jump of 17.18 metres. Max Hess of Germany won the bronze medal with a season best jump of 17.07 metres.