Former Florida Gators standout Will Claye finishes fourth at Tokyo Olympics in triple jump

Special to
Will Claye, of United States, competes in qualifications for the men's triple jump at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

TOKYO — Former University of Florida standout Will Claye finished fourth in the triple jump Thursday at the Tokyo Games in Olympic Stadium.

Pedro Pichardo of Portugal won gold with a total 17.98. China's Zhu Yaming was second (17.57) and Hugues Fabrice Zango of Burkina Faso (17.47) was third. Claye set his season best mark at 17.44m to finish fourth.

Claye, from Phoenix, Arizona, was trying for his first Olympic gold after earning back-to-back silver medals in 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio Games.

More:Gators piling up medals at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Gator gold:Florida's Bobby Finke wins Olympic gold medal in men’s 1,500 freestyle with another late rally

Five gold medals!  Caeleb Dressel of Green Cove Springs wins two more; Ryan Murphy gold in relay

Claye, 30, won the triple jump at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June.