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Rio Olympics: Christian Taylor of U.S. defends triple jump gold medal

Christian Taylor competes in the Men's Triple Jump

Christian Taylor competes in the Men's Triple Jump Final during the athletics competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 16, 2016. Credit: Getty Images / Adrian Dennis

RIO DE JANEIRO — Christian Taylor and Will Claye have done it again, sweeping gold and silver in the triple jump for the United States at back-to-back Olympics.

Taylor successfully defended the Olympic title he won in London in 2012, setting down the benchmark on Tuesday with a season-leading mark of 17.86 on his first attempt. He posted the three best jumps of the competition.

Claye finished with silver again with a personal record of 17.76. He also won a bronze in the long jump at London, when he was the first man since 1936 to win medals in both the horizontal jumps.

World indoor champion Dong Bin of China won bronze in a personal record 17.58.


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