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Christain Taylor Distracted in Final But Hungry for Redemption Moscow World Champs 2013
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Born in Fayetteville, Georgia, Christian attended Sandy Creek High School and excelled on the football field and track. He set state high school records in the long jump, triple jump and 400-meter dash. He made his first international appearance while still a high school student, winning the triple jump gold medal at the 2007 World Youth Championships, and also claiming the long jump bronze medal. In 2008, he was a finalist in both jumps at the 2008 World Junior Championships and was a member of the gold medal winning USA Junior 4x400-meter relay team.
The following year, Christian accepted a scholarship to the University of Florida. In his first year, he won three titles at the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships and was named SEC Indoor Field Athlete of the Year as well as SEC Freshman of the Year. Two weeks later, at the NCAA Indoor Championships, he won the triple jump, came sixth in the long jump and finished third as a member of the 4x400-meter relay. He closed the year with a third place finish in the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
In 2010, Taylor had the best indoor triple jump mark for an American. He went on to win NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships in the triple jump. That summer, Christian won triple and long jump titles at the 2010 NACAC U-23 Championships, and was triple jump runner-up at the USA Championships.
Christian began his 2011 season with an SEC Championship triple jump record to claim the SEC Indoor title. He finished his collegiate career at Florida by winning a second consecutive NCAA Outdoor triple jump title before becoming USA Champion a month later.
On September 4, 2011, Christian Taylor did what most would have considered unthinkable. That day, the 21-year-old won the triple jump at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea with a world-leading mark while defeating the defending World Champion and Olympic silver medalist.
Christian's winning jump was good for fifth all-time in the world record books and the longest triple jump for an American in over two decades. He also moved into third on the all-time U.S. list, one centimeter behind Willie Banks.
Christian's gold medal winning jump was the second longest in World Championships history behind Britain's Jonathan Edwards' world record of 18.29-meters, achieved 16 years ago in the 1995 IAAF World Championships in Gothenburg.
!The 2012 season got off to a great start as Christian finished runner-up at both the USA and World Indoor Championships. At the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, Christian jumped the world leading mark in the qualifying round before finishing second place to his former Florida Gator teammate Will Claye.
Christian stands in a class by himself as a World Champion in all three age divisions. He is the future of the triple jump and is a potential Olympic gold medalist in the long jump and 4x400-meter relay as well. With the USA and World records in the triple jump now in reach, all eyes will be on Christian as he leads team USA into the 2012 Olympic Games.
Sandy Creek High School
University of Florida
July 18, 1990
Tyrone, GA, United States
Triple Jump: 17.96 Long Jump: 8.19 400m: 45.34
2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Olympic Trials Champion, World Indoor Silver Medalist, 2011 World Champion, 2011 USA Champion, 3-time NCAA Champion, 10-time NCAA All-American