SACRAMENTO, Calif. — 2012 Olympic silver medalist Will Claye captured his first outdoor triple jump title Friday at the USATF Outdoor Championships, celebrating with family and friends in the stands after his final attempt.
Claye blasted to a lifetime-best 17.75m/58-3 on his last jump to move to No. 7 on the all-time U.S. list. Claye (Phoenix, Arizona) never trailed in the competition, spanning 17.64m/57-10.5 on his third attempt, then adding a centimeter in round five before his big final leap. The man who beat him in London, Christian Taylor (Fayetteville, Georgia), jumped 17.37m/57-0 in round three to take second.
Tori Bowie(Sandhill, Mississippi) sprinted to the fastest time by an American this year in the semifinals of the 100m, lowering her lifetime best to 10.91 in heat two with a 2.0 mps tailwind. In the first heat, Tianna Bartoletta(Elyria, Ohio) claimed the U.S. lead with a PR 10.92, also with a 2.0 aiding wind. Bowie withdrew from the final of the event and Bartoletta cruised to her first U.S. outdoor title in 11.15.