In the final qualifying fixture of the 2019 IAAF Diamond League, Will Claye out-Taylored world and Olympic triple jump champion Christian Taylor to win a thrilling contest at the close of the Meeting de Paris at the Stade Charlety in Paris on Saturday (24) with a meeting record of 18.06m.
World indoor triple jump champion Will Claye produced the third-best result in history to win at the Jim Bush Track and Field meeting in Long Beach, California, with a stunning leap of 18.14m on Saturday (29).
In an event that combined youth and experience, it was the latter that came out on top as Will Claye regained the world indoor triple jump title he won six years ago.
For most competitors, athletics is predominantly about championships. The attempt to peak for that one day a year, when the medals are up for grabs, is at the forefront of their minds for the full season leading in. It’s almost as if nothing else matters.
Will Claye climbed to the ninth spot on the world all-time triple jump list to highlight the second day of the US Championships in Sacramento on Friday (23).
World-leading performances by Brittney Reese in the long jump and Yulimar Rojas and Will Claye in the triple jump were among the highlights at the International Meeting Region de Guadeloupe in Baie Mahault on Wednesday (17).
May the men’s triple jump at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games be as electrifying as it was at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015. If it is, not only would the Olympic record be bettered, but the men might scare the 21-year-old world record as well.
London had its Super Saturday in 2012. The 2016 US Olympic Trials in Eugene condensed its Super Saturday (9) into 20 minutes. First, Bernard Lagat kicked to win the 5000m as if he were aged 21, not 41. Then Justin Gatlin beat LaShawn Merritt in a 200m in which both ran under 19.80. Finally, hometown favorite and American football player Devon Allen won the 110m hurdles by the biggest margin in history of the US Olympic Trials.
US record-holder Christian Taylor’s road to a second Olympic triple jump title faces a major test at the Prefontaine Classic, as he will be one of five global gold medallists at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on 28 May.
A world record in the distance medley relay by the United States and two victories by Cam Levins highlighted the Armory Track Invitational in New York on Saturday (31).