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Taylor triumphs in triple jump

TAKING FLIGHT: Taylor

USA FINISHED first and second in the final of triple jump with world champion Christian Taylor winning Olympic gold at his first Games.

The 22-year-old produced a fourth round leap of 17.81m to seal the victory.

Having finished third behind Team GB’s Greg Rutherford in the long jump final on August 4, fellow American Will Claye claimed his second medal of London 2012 after leaping to 17.62m in the fourth round to take silver.

Italian Fabrizio Donato took bronze in 17.48m.

Even though Taylor won by some distance, it looked at one point as if the Georgia native was going to finish last after fouling in round one and two. But a third round effort of 17.15m meant that he stayed in the competition.

Fifth place Bahamian Leevan Sands, who took bronze in Beijing four years ago, left on a stretcher following his fourth round jump; seemingly suffering a knee injury.

Nigeria’s Tosin Oke was seventh in 16.95m.

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