USA’s Taylor, Claye finish 1-2 in triple jump again; Unprecedented

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The medalists lined up on their first jumps, the order unchanged by the time they finished the men’s triple jump final Monday in Rio.

USA finished 1-2, with Christian Taylor snaring gold with a 17.86m first jump, and teammate Will Claye taking silver. China’s Bin Dong took bronze.

That’s the same 1-2 as London in 2012, something that’s never happened in 120 years of triple jump at the Olympics. Taylor becomes the first back-to-back gold winner since Viktor Saneyev of the USSR won three-straight between 1968-1976.

Dong started the final off with a bang, launching forward with a personal best 17.58m jump in his first attempt.

But Taylor responded with vigor, opening his final with a jump of nearly 59 feet (17.86m). It was on, and American teammate Claye nearly matched him with a 17.76 on his first jump.