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

Athletics - Olympics: Day 10

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Christian Taylor of the United States competes in the Men’s Triple Jump qualifying on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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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.

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