Event: Triple Jump/Long Jump
PR: TJ - 17.70m/58-1i (2012); LJ – 8.29m/26-10.5 (2011)
Current Residence: San Diego, Calif.
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, Ariz.) H.S. ‘08
College: Oklahoma ‘10/Florida ‘12
Coach: Jeremy Fischer
Agent: Kimberly Holland
2012 USA Indoor triple jump champion (17.63m/57-10.25) and long jump runner-up (8.02m/26-3.75)
2012 Olympic Trials long jump (8.23m/27-0) and triple jump (17.55m/57-7) runner-up
Two-time USA Outdoors runner-up triple jump 2011 (17.09m/56-9); 2013 (17.04m/55-11)
2011 USA Outdoors runner-up long jump (8.19m/26-10.5)
2009 USA Junior triple jump champion (17.14m/56-3MR)
2009 Pan Am Junior triple jump champion (16.57m/54-4.50)
2012 Olympic Games triple jump silver medalist (17.62m/57-9.75) and long jump bronze medalist (8.12m/26-7.75)
2012 World Indoor triple jump gold medalist (17.70m/58-1)
2011 World Outdoor triple jump bronze medalist (17.50m/57-5)
2009 NCAA Outdoor champion (17.19m/56-4.75)
Awards and Honors
2012 USATF Fans' Choice Awards Best Olympic Male Performance winner
2011 SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Year
U.S. Junior triple jump record holder (17.19m/56-4.75)
2009 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Field Athlete of the Year
2008 USA Today All-USA Track & Field Team in both long and triple jump
At a young age, Will Claye has already accomplished more than most athletes dream about in their entire careers. Shortly after his 21st birthday, Claye became the first man since 1936 and the first American since 1904 to win Olympic medals in both the long jump and triple jump when he won bronze and silver medals, respectively, in London. One year earlier, at just 20 years old, Claye won bronze in the long jump at the 2011 World Outdoor Championships. As a freshman at the University of Oklahoma (transferring to Florida after his sophomore season), Claye closed out an impressive first year as a collegiate athlete at the 2009 Pan Am Junior Championships in Trinidad & Tobago with his sixth major triple jump title of the year after winning both the Big 12 indoor and outdoor crowns, the NCAA Midwest Regional, the NCAA Championship and the U.S. Junior National Championships. Claye’s Pan Am Junior Champs winning triple jump of 16.57m/54-4.50 came on his first attempt of the competition. Claye skipped his final semester of high school to enroll early at OU. He’s a two-time Arizona state champion in the triple jump. He was the first Arizona high school athlete to triple jump over 50 feet and holds the Arizona triple jump record. He and Christian Taylor, his teammate while at Florida, are proving to be the next big duo in the triple jump after each won medals at 2011 World Outdoors, 2012 World Indoors and the 2012 Olympic Games. Claye’s Florida coach Mike Holloway called him “the best athlete you have never heard of.” Claye now trains at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.
2013: USA Outdoor runner-up Triple Jump (17.04m/55-11); 7th at USA Outdoors Long Jump (8.05m/26-05); 4th at Prefontaine Long Jump (8.10m/26-7); 13th at Shanghai (7.56m/24-9.75); 2nd at Kingston (7.74m/25-4.75)
2012: Olympic Games triple jump silver medalist (17.62m/57-9.75) and long jump bronze medalist (8.12m/26-7.75); Olympic Trials long jump (8.23m/27-0) and triple jump (17.55m/57-7) runner-up; 2nd at Pre Classic triple jump (17.48m/57-4.25); 2nd at Shanghai triple jump (17.12m/56-2); 9th in Birmingham long jump (7.28m/23-10.75); 4th at Newcastle Great City Games long jump (7.60m/24-11.25); 4th in Stockholm triple jump (16.88m/55-4.75); 1st at Cayman Invite LJ (7.97m/26-1.75); World Indoor triple jump gold medalist (17.70m/58-1); 2nd at USA Indoors in LJ (8.02m/26-3.75); 4th at World Indoors in LJ (8.04m/26-4.25); 1st at New Mexico Classic in TJ (16.69m/54-9.25i); 1st at Tyson Invite in TJ (17.39m/57-0.75i); 1st at USA Indoors in TJ (17.63m/57-10.25); 1st at World Indoors in TJ (17.70m/58-1).
2011: World Outdoor triple jump bronze medalist (17.50m/57-5) and 9th in long jump (8.10m/26-7); 2nd in both long jump (8.19m/26-10.5) and triple jump (17.09m/56-9) at USA Outdoors; SEC champion in both long jump (8.29m/27-2.5) and triple jump (17.24m/56-6.75); Runner-up in triple jump at NCAA Outdoors (17.62m/57-9.75) and 3rd in long jump (8.20m/26-11).
2010: 10th at NCAA Outdoors (15.71m/51-6.50); 5th at Big 12 Indoors (15.91m/52-2.50).
2009: NCAA Outdoor champ (17.19m/56-4.75PR,U.S. Junior record); Pan Am Junior Champ (16.57m/54-4.50); U.S. Junior champ (17.14m/56-3MR); 9th in LJ at NCAA Outdoors (7.89/25-10.75).
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests - long jump, 8.24m/27-0.5 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 3 in the world); triple jump, 17.70m/58-1 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world); Outdoor bests - long jump, 8.25m/27-0.75 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 11 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the USA, No. 7 in the world by T&FN); triple jump, 17.62m/57-9.75 (ranked No. 2 in the USA, No. 2 in the world by TF&N)
2011: Outdoor bests – long jump, 8.29m/27-2.5 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN, No. 8 in the world); triple jump, 17.62m/57-9.75 (ranked No. 2 in the USA, No. 5 in the world by T&FN)
2010: Outdoor bests – triple jump, 16.30m/53-5.75 (No. 12 in the USA)
2009: Outdoor bests – long jump, 7.89m/25-10.75 (No. 19 in the USA); triple jump, 17.19m/56-4.75 (No. 2 in the USA by T&FN, No. 17 in the world)
2008: Outdoor bests – long jump, 7.39m/24-3; triple jump, 15.97m/52-4.75