Tre­ble win­ner Taylor re­mains disappointed

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Dou­ble Olympic cham­pion Chris­tian Taylor con­tin­ued his dom­i­nance of the triple jump when he won his third world ti­tle on Thurs­day, once again beat­ing fel­low Amer­i­can Will Claye into sec­ond place.

Taylor leapt 17.68 me­tres with his third at­tempt to win by five cen­time­tres, clinch­ing the ti­tle when Claye was given a red flag on his last at­tempt.

Portugal’s Nel­son Evora, Olympic cham­pion in 2008, took bronze with 17.19.

The 27-year-old Taylor be­came the first triple jumper to win three world crowns, hav­ing also claimed vic­tory in Daegu in 2011 and Bei­jing two years ago. He also took gold at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics with Claye fin­ish­ing sec­ond on both oc­ca­sions.

But he had made it clear be­fore­hand that his am­bi­tion was to break Jonathan Ed­wards’s long­stand­ing record of 18.29 me­tres, set in 1995.

“I have this watch from my spon­sor with 18.30 on it,” Taylor said. “I will try to fight, I will get this num­ber. The record is still on. I am still mo­ti­vated to break that record.

“My mo­ti­va­tion is to be the best ath­lete. This was not the night, I am a lit­tle disappointed. But the sea­son is not yet over.”

Ed­wards said be­fore­hand that he thought his world mark could be un­der threat. In the event, the con­test turned into some­thing of an anti-cli­max with both pro­duc­ing their best jumps in the third round.

Claye led af­ter the first round with 17.54 be­fore Taylor took the ini­tia­tive in the sec­ond with a jump of 17.57.

Claye briefly re­gained the lead with 17.63 in the next round but Taylor im­me­di­ately took it back with the de­ci­sive jump.

“Will makes it tough ev­ery time,” he said. “If you do not have a ri­valry - like I have with Will Claye - then the sport is bor­ing.

Claye felt he should have per­formed bet­ter on the night.

“You can never com­plain about the sil­ver medal,” he said. “But I felt like I should have ex­e­cuted bet­ter to­day.

“With Chris­tian, we both were in a good shape, he is not un­beat­able. He just ex­e­cuted bet­ter and I was miss­ing five cen­time­tres.” Reuters

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