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Christian Taylor of U.S. has chance at record in triple jump at Rio Olympics

Christian Taylor celebrates after winning the gold medal in the triple jump at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.
Christian Taylor celebrates after winning the gold medal in the triple jump at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. AP

Christian Taylor surprised many — but not himself — when he won the triple jump at the 2012 Olympics.

This time around, he wants more than just gold.

He wants Jonathan Edwards’ world record, a standard that has stood since 1995. Taylor’s personal best of 18.21 meters is just a hair shy of Edwards’ mark (18.29).

Taylor’s biggest threat for gold? Fellow American and former collegiate teammate Will Clyde, who took silver at the 2012 Olympics but had the better outing in last month’s U.S. Olympic Trials.

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