Christian Taylor, photo by PhotoRun.net
Christian Taylor, the newly minted gold medalist in the London Triple jump, won his first competition after the Olympics. His jump was 17.11m.
Taylor had a couple of fouls, but his 17.11 won the show today. It was a pretty relaxed competition, and a everyone seemed a little tired after the Olympics. Some nice comments from
1. Christian Taylor,US, 17.11m, 2. Sheryf El Sheryf, Ukrain, 17.04m, 3. Lyukman Adams, 16.93m, 4. Will Claye, US, 16.88m, 5. Tosin Okey, Nigeria, 16.76m,
Christian noted, " It went wonderful today. My hopes were high and big goals. Everytime I compete and go over that 17 meter barrier. I just really wanted to give everyone a good show. Obviously, I am on a high from the Olympic Games and I am just so blessed to have a wonderful coach and winning this has been the icing on the cake."
Keeping energy up after the Olympics: "it was easy as I have been on a high. Beeing 22 and getting to this stage is phenomenal. I just have so much respect for the people who did it before me and I am just trying to follow in their footsteps. So, thank you Jonathan Edwards, Willie Banks, Mike Conley. Great respect for all of these guys. "
Being in Stockholm, the home of Christian Olsson: 'I have have watched him all of my life. I think it is a bless ing that I am named Christian also. Again, one of the people who laid the foundations. I watched this meet last year, and it is great to just be here and experience this. "