Thursday, August 10, 2017

Team USA's Christian Taylor wins third career world triple jump title...

LONDON--With no Washington athletes competing tonight, day 7 of the 10-day track and field extravaganza known as the IAAF World Track and Field Championships concluded with three finals on the docket, and a few surprises along the way.

In the men’s triple jump, two time world and Olympic champion Christian Taylor (left/photo by Paul Merca) got all that he could handle from fellow University of Florida alum and Team USA member Will Claye, as Taylor won his third career world title with a leap of 58-0.25 (17.68m), topping Claye’s 57-10.25 (17.63m).

Taylor thus became the first man to ever win three career triple jump crowns, having won in Beijing two years ago, and in Daegu in 2011.

In the women’s 400 hurdles, it was a 1-2-6 finish for athletes with Pac-12 ties as Stanford grad Kori Carter, running all by herself in lane 9 to beat USC alum and reigning Olympic champ Delilah Muhammad 53.07 to 53.50.

Canadian Sage Watson, who won the NCAA crown in this event in June for the University of Arizona, was sixth in 54.92.

In the featured men’s 200, Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev pulled off one of the biggest upsets, shooting down South Africa’s Wayde Van Niekerk’s attempt to win the 200/400 double, running 20.09, with Van Niekirk second at 20.11.

Friday, former Washington State University assistant coach Angela Whyte runs in the first round of the women’s 100 hurdles. Whyte will start out of lane 1 in heat 5, with the semis later Friday at 7:05 pm.

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