Christian Taylor of Fayetteville, Ga. won the gold medal in the men's triple jump at the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships from London, England on Thursday. Americans won gold and silver in the men's triple jump as Will Claye of Phoenix, Ariz. won the silver medal.
Taylor posted a winning triple jump of 17.68 metres. Claye's silver medal winning triple jump was 17.63 metres. Both Taylor and Claye jumped their best in their third attempt out of six.
Nelson Evora of Portugal won the bronze medal with a triple jump of 17.19 metres. Taylor reached the podium by 0.52 metres as Cristian Napoles of Cuba, Alexis Copello of Azerbaijan and Chris Benard of Tustin, CA had a triple jump of 17.16 metres.
Interestingly even though Taylor was born in the United States, he lives in Loughborough, England. He made the move because his coach, Rana Reider was hired by British Athletics in 2012 to work with the top British athletes at the High Performance Athletics Centre at Loughborough University.
This is Taylor's third gold medal at the IAAF World Championship. He previously won the gold medal at the 2011 IAAF World Championship in Deagu and the 2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing.