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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Triple Jump

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 7, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012

Gold: USA Christian Taylor
Silver: USA Will Claye
Bronze: ITA Fabrizio Donato


The favorite coming in was American [Christian Taylor], the 2011 World Champion. Also highly considered was Great Britain jumper [Phillips Idowu], but he would not get past the qualifying round, likely due to the effects of a hip injury. Also missing was France's Teddy Tamgho, the third longest jumper of all-time, but he could not compete in London due to an ankle injury.

In the final Taylor got off to a shaky start, fouling his first two jumps, having difficult with the ultra-quick runway. The first round leader was Italian [Fabrizio Donato] with 17.38. He improved that to 17.44 in the second round, but that only put him into second as the United States' [Will Claye] was the first jumper in the order and had taken the lead with 17.54. Taylor got through to the final with 17.15 in round three, moving into fifth place, and Donato improved again, posting 17.45, although he remained in second behind Claye. In the final rounds, Taylor opened with 17.81, a mark that would put him into the lead and eventually win him the gold medal. Claye, jumping last in the final order, responded with 17.62 which would be his best mark and cement the silver medal. Donato would continue to improve, posting 17.48 in the fourth round, and he would finish third to complete the podium. The final two rounds were anti-climactic as none of the leaders improved their marks.

Taylor was the first American to win the triple jump since [Kenny Harrison] in 1996. Claye had already finished third in the long jump in London, making him the first man to win medals in both horizontal jumps since Japan's [Naoto Tajima] in 1936.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Christian Taylor 22 United States USA Gold
2 Will Claye 21 United States USA Silver
3 Fabrizio Donato 35 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Daniele Greco 23 Italy ITA
5 Leevan Sands 30 Bahamas BAH
6 Benjamin Compaoré 24 France FRA
7 Tosin Oke 31 Nigeria NGR
8 Alexis Copello 26 Cuba CUB
9 Lyukman Adams 23 Russia RUS
10 Dong Bin 23 China CHN
11 Samyr Laine 28 Haiti HAI
12 Dmitry Plotnitsky 23 Belarus BLR
13 r1/2 Şeref Osmanoğlu 23 Ukraine UKR
14 r1/2 Phillips Idowu 33 Great Britain GBR
15 r1/2 Issam Nima 33 Algeria ALG
16 r1/2 Arnie Giralt 27 Cuba CUB
17 r1/2 Henry Frayne 22 Australia AUS
18 r1/2 Muhammad Halim 25 United States Virgin Islands ISV
19 r1/2 Yevgeny Ektov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
20 r1/2 Cao Shuo 20 China CHN
21 r1/2 Roman Valiyev 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
22 r1/2 Kim Deok-Hyeon 26 South Korea KOR
23 r1/2 Yoandri Betanzos 30 Cuba CUB
24 r1/2 Mohamed Abbas Darwish 26 United Arab Emirates UAE
25 r1/2 Adrian Sornoza 19 Ecuador ECU
26 r1/2 Jonathan Henrique Silva 21 Brazil BRA
AC Renjith Maheshwary 26 India IND NM