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Taylor wins Olympic triple jump gold for US

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  • United States triple jumper Christian Taylor competes Thursday in the men's triple jump final.

      United States triple jumper Christian Taylor competes Thursday in the men's triple jump final.
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LONDON -- Christian Taylor won the Olympic triple jump gold medal Thursday night, overtaking U.S. teammate Will Claye with his fourth jump in the final.

Taylor, the world champion, earned the Olympic title with a best jump of 17.81 meters.

Claye, the world indoor champion, who had already won a bronze medal in the long jump at the London Games, earned silver in 17.62.

European champion Fabrizio Donato of Italy took bronze at 17.48.

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