Weltklasse Meeting, Zürich, Switzerland, 1 September 2016.
The final Men’s Triple Jump event of the 2016 Diamond Race took place on Thursday in Zürich, Switzerland, with double points on offer. That meant that going into the competition Cuba’s Alexis Copello (26 points) could still deny Olympic Games Champion Christian Taylor (40 points) his 5th Diamond League title.
At the end of round 1 there was still a glimmer of hope for Copello as although he only registered 16.50m, Taylor lay 2nd with an under par 16.69m just behind Paris Diamond League winner Chris Carter’s 16.73m. Olympic 7th-placer Troy Doris of Guyana took the lead in round 2 with 16.80m, Carter improved to 16.75m while Copello reached out to 16.68m, just 1cm behind Taylor. Any lingerig hopes of the Cuban taking home the Diamond League trophy and $40,000 were soon dashed, though, as Taylor leapt 17.34m with his 2nd attempt.
Doris improved again in round 3 to 16.92m while both Copello and Drakes Relays winner Chris Benard reached 16.71m. The Cuban denying his American rival 4th place, and 3 extra jumps, on countback.
Over the last 3 rounds neither Copello (foul, 16.59m, 16.68m) or Carter (foul, foul, 16.48m) made any gains on their best efforts of the day while Doris continued possibly his most consistent series of the season with efforts of 16.82m in rounds 4 & 5 before finishing with a flourish as he bettered 17 metres with 17.01m with his last round jump.
With the Diamond League title sealed with his 2nd round jump, and this his last Triple Jump contest of a highly dominant and successful season, it was just a question of how far Christian Taylor could reach with his last 4 attempts. A foul in round 3 was followed by 17.17m in round 4 but then came the best of the night – and the furthest leap of the 2016 Diamond League season – a massive 17.80m! Taylor and coach Rana Reider were clearly overjoyed at the mark and the season they have had, and although his last round 17.26m didn’t quite hit the same heights, Taylor had once again showed that in 2016 he is without doubt the best Men’s Triple Jumper in the world.
Taylor took the Diamond League title with 60 points ahead of Copello 32 points and Carter 28 points. All eyes now switch to Brussels next Friday and the final event of the Women’s Triple Jump event – can already crowned Diamond League and Rio Olympics Champion Caterine Ibarguen cap her season off in the same style as her male counterpart?