Christian Taylor and Teddy Tamgho spoke to the media on Thursday, May 14. Christian was in his Nike t shirt and Teddy in his Chicago Bulls jersey. Both were relaxed, and praised each others jumping skills and looked with interest in jumping against Senor Pichardo.
Christian Taylor and Teddy Tamgho, photo by Doha 2015
On Friday night, Pablo Pichardo of Cuba leaped 18.06 meters, Christian Taylor had leaped 17.46 meters and Teddy Tamgho had jumped 17.24m. In the fourth round, Teddy Tamgho ruptured his achilles, and will have surgery in Doha tomorrow with a team of reknowned sports surgeons at the hospital near the Aspire Academy. We wish the French star a speedy recovery.
In the sixth round, Christian Taylor had his finest run of the day and just flew through the next two sections of the jump, leaping to 18.04 meters. Never in history have two jumpers cleared 18 meters in the TJ.
We were hoping that Teddy Tamgho would go over 18 meters as well, but perhaps, the gods of track and field have left that for another day.