Americans take top two spots in the triple jump

By Bryan Fischer | Blogger

The triple jump was dominated by the red, white and blue on Thursday as 22-year-old American Christian Taylor took home gold and teammate Will Claye finished with a silver medal in the event.

Taylor becomes the youngest gold medalist in the triple jump in 100 years after flying down the runway to jump 17.81 meters on his fourth try.

Claye also managed to medal on his fourth jump by capturing a mark of 17.62 meters. Italy's Fabrizio Donato finished with the bronze.

It was an impressive Olympic debut for Taylor, who won the U.S. Track and Field trials in Eugene, Ore. this year on just one legal triple jump. He defeated Great Britain's Phillips Idowu at the 2011 World Championships to burst on to the international scene and give notice to the world that he would be a threat to medal in London.

Taylor is also a 10-time NCAA All-American in the sport with numerous collegiate titles while competing at Florida.

Claye, also a first-time Olympian, was runner-up to Taylor in both jumps at the trials and continued to stay right on his heels in London while earning the silver.

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