Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, 22 July 2016.
The final Diamond League Meeting before Rio was held at the venue of the 2012 Olympics and the victor on that occassion, Christian Taylor, was once again the star of this competition.
Having placed 2nd to Will Claye at the USA Olympic Trials in his last outing, Taylor returned to winning ways and domnated proceedings in a similar to fashion to Caterine Ibarguen at last week’s Monaco Diamond League following her recent surprise defeat. He opened with 17.18m on a windless warm evening but this was followed by 2 fouls as he chased a big mark to make a statement to his rivals as they head off to Rio. Joining him for 3 further jumps were fellow Americans Chris Carter (16.89m), Chris Benard (16.73m) and World Indoor Champion Dong Bin of China (16.85m).
That meant early exits for 2 jumpers heading for Rio – France’s Harold Correa (16.56m) and Nigeria’s Tosin Oke (16.28m) – as well as Cuba’s Alexis Copello (16.63m), America’s Omar Craddock (16.54m) and Great Britain’s Nathan Douglas (16.24m).
Only Taylor could improve in the last 3 rounds with 17.43m on his 4th attempt and then, following a foul, he saved his best effort for last, as he has done in all competitions this season, as he bounded out to a new World Lead of 17.78m and a winning margin of 89cm.
Taylor now leads the Diamond Race by 20 points ahead of Copello, but his priority will be Rio as he aims to become the first man since Russia’s Viktor Saneyev to retain the Men’s Olympic Triple Jump title.
1. Christian Taylor (USA) 17.78m (+0.6m/s) (World Lead)
2. Chris Carter (USA) 16.89m (+0.0m/s)
3. Dong Bin (China) 16.85m (-0.2m/s)
4. Chris Benard (USA) 16.73m (+0.0m/s)
5. Alexis Copello (Cuba) 16.63m (+0.0m/s)
6. Harold Correa (France) 16.56m (+0.0m/s)
7. Omar Craddock (USA) 16.54m (+0.3m/s)
8. Tosin Oke (Nigeria) 16.28m (+0.0m/s)
9. Nathan Douglas (GB) 16.24m (+0.0m/s)