Taylor edges Claye to win gold in triple jump at worlds meet

United States' Christian Taylor
United States' Christian Taylor makes an attempt in the men's triple jump final during the World Athletics Championships in London on Thursday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON — The triple jump at the World Athletics Championships on Thursday was predictable — another great fight between American teammates and former University of Florida standouts Christian Taylor and Will Claye.

As usual, Taylor came out on top. The two-time Olympic champion won with a leap of 17.68 meters. Claye, the runner-up behind Taylor at the last two Olympics, was 5 centimeters behind for silver.

“Will Claye makes it difficult for me every time,” Taylor said. “This final was a fight, I enjoyed it. It makes the competition fun.”