Two-time USA Outdoor champion - 2011 (17.49m/57-4.75); 2012 (17.63m/57-10.25)
2010 USA Outdoor runner-up (16.76m/55-0.00)
2012 Olympic gold medalist (17.81m/58-4.25)
2011 World Outdoor gold medalist (17.96m/58-11.25)
2012 World Indoor silver medalist (17.63m/57-10.25)
Two-time NCAA Indoor champion - 2009 (16.98m/55-8.50); 2010 (17.18m/56-4.50)
2010 NCAA Outdoor champion (17.09m/56-1)
10-time NCAA Division I All-American
A clutch performer in the men's triple jump, Christian Taylor scratched his first two jumps at the London Olympic Games before delivering in dramatic fashion and eventually winning the gold medal. In three years competing for the University of Florida, Christian Taylor was a 10-time NCAA All-American. But his career went to a new level when he won the 2011 World Outdoor title with the third best American performance of all-time. At age 21 he was the youngest jumper in the final. Within the 10 All-American honors includes three NCAA Championships (2010 outdoor triple jump; 2009 and 2010 indoor triple jump). Taylor has also won a total of eight SEC championships in the long jump, triple jump and 4x400m relay. His high school career was just as impressive. Competing for Sandy Creek High School, Taylor is the Georgia state record holder in the long jump (25-6), triple jump (52-0) and 400m (47.19). He was also selected the 2008 Gatorade Athlete of the Year for the state of Georgia. Taylor chose to forgo his last year of collegiate eligibility and sign with Li-Ning, a Chinese athletic company. He is coached by 2011 Nike Coach of the Year Rana Reider.
2012: Olympic gold medalist (17.81m/58-4.25); Olympic Trials champion (17.63m/57-10.25); 1st in Stockholm (17.11m/56-1.75); 1st in Budapest (17.30m/56-9.25); 2nd in Zurich (17.16m/56-3.75);2nd at Oslo (17.06m/55-11.75); 1st at Pre Classic (17.62m/57-9.75); 3rd at Shanghai (16.96m/55-7.75); 1st at Seminole Invitational long jump (7.89m/25-10.75); World Indoor silver medalist (17.63m/57-10.25); USA Indoor runner-up (17.21m/56-5.75); 2nd in Birmingham long jump (7.95m/26-1); 3rd at Great North City Games long jump (7.74m/25-4.75);
2011: World Outdoor gold medalist (17.96m/58-11.25); USA Outdoor triple jump champion (17.49m/57-4.75); 4th in long jump at USA Outdoors (8.07m/26-5.75); SEC Indoor triple jump champion (17.36m/56-11.50); NCAA champion (17.80m/58-4.75)
2010: USA Outdoor runner-up (16.76m/55-0.00); NCAA Outdoor champion (17.09m/56-1); 12th in long jump at USA Outdoors (7.63m/25-0.50); 1st in triple jump at NCAA Outdoors (17.09m/56-1w) and NCAA Indoors (16.83m/55-2.75); SEC Indoor (16.83m/55-2.75) and Outdoor triple jump champion (16.68m/54-8.75); SEC Outdoors long jump runner-up (8.19m/26-10.50); NACAC U-23 champion in the long jump and triple jump.
2009: SEC indoor champion in the long jump (7.71m/25-3.50) and triple jump (16.11m/52-10.25); NCAA indoor triple jump champion (16.98m/55-8.50); 3rd in triple jump at NCAA Outdoors (16.91m/55-5.750).
2008: 3rd at USA Junior Outdoors in long jump (7.60m/24-11.25) and 2nd in triple jump (16.05m/52-08); 7th at IAAF World Junior Championships in long jump (7.41m/24-3.75) and 8th in triple jump (15.61m/51-2.75).
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests – triple jump, 17.63m/57-10.25 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 2 in the world); outdoor bests - triple jump, 17.81m/58-5.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN); long jump, 8.12m/26-7.75 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 32 in the world, ranked No. 5 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests – 60m, 6.79; long jump, 7.62m/25-0; triple jump, 17.36m/56-11.5 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 5 in the world); Outdoor bests – 200m, 20.76; 400m, 45.46 (No. 19 in the USA, No. 45 in the world); long jump, 8.00m/26-3 (No. 8 in the USA, ranked No. 7 in the USA by T&FN); triple jump, 17.96m/58-11.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN); 4x100, 38.49 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 13 in the world); 4x200, 1:22.00
2010: Indoor bests – 200m, 21.79; long jump, 7.93m/26-0.25 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 36 in the world); triple jump, 17.18m/56-4.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 8 in the world); Outdoor bests – 200m, 21.05; 400m, 45.55 (No. 16 in the USA); long jump, 8.19m/26-10.5 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 20 in the world, ranked No. 6 in the USA by T&FN); triple jump, 17.02m/55-10.25 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 23 in the world); 4x400, 3:00.31
2009: Indoor bests – 200m, 21.51; long jump, 8.02m/26-3.75 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 15 in the world); triple jump, 16.98m/55-8.5 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 12 in the world); Outdoor bests – 200m, 20.91; 400m, 45.34 (No. 11 in the USA, No. 32 in the world); long jump, 7.72m/25-4; triple jump, 16.65m/54-7.5 (No. 5 in the USA, ranked No. 4 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Indoor bests – 400m, 47.42; long jump, 7.79m/25-6.75 (No. 11 in the USA); triple jump, 15.62m/51-3; Outdoor bests – long jump, 7.60m/24-11.25; triple jump, 16.05m/52-8