He’s already a world and Olympic gold medallist and the owner of the second best triple jump of all-time but what Christian Taylor really wants is competition.
He’s inviting it, hoping for it every time he competes.
“I’m chasing records now and I need that push,” said Taylor after winning with 17.76m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Eugene on Saturday (28).
“I don’t want it to be a blowout, I want it to be a back and forth, a rivalry.”
He certainly did get some ‘back and forth’ at Hayward Field.
After a somewhat subdued start to the competition, his former university team mate Will Claye made things interesting with a final round jump of 17.56m which took the lead from Taylor, whose third round mark of 17.46m put him in command of the competition.