The triple jump at the Pre Classic was the best competition on the men’s side. Will Claye and Christan Taylor battled round by round! In the fourth round, Will Claye ties the distance of Christian Taylor and Christian has to respond. His response? 18.11 meters! In the fifth round, Will Claye leaps 18.05 meters, his farthest ever! Never have two triple jumpers in North America gone over 18 meters in the same competition.
Christian Taylor and Will Claye bring the best out of each other. Friends, rivals and great competitiors, they make the triple jump perfect for TV ( if the announcers know what they are watching and explain to fans).
I recall Christian Taylor telling me, that if he has competition, he will respond. Well, Will Claye s truly fit and focused once again.
The triple jump is one of the toughest events in our sport. Technically, it requires speed, flexibility, focus and endurance. It can beat up a body like few other events. The level of fitness of triple jumpers is quite high.
Watch the World and American records fall! Do not miss a jump!