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Taylor turns in greatest triple jump on American soil, earns USATF Athlete of the Week


INDIANAPOLIS -- Two-time Olympic Champion Christian Taylor earns USATF Athlete of the Week following one of the greatest triple jump performances in track & field history at the Nike Prefontaine Classic on Saturday, May 27.


Taylor (Fayetteville, Georgia) won the men’s triple jump Saturday, unleashing a jump of 18.11m/59-5 to set a new world lead, Nike Prefontaine Classic record, Hayward Field record, IAAF Diamond League record and a mark that goes down as the fourth-best jump in track & field history.


Taylor is second all-time in the event behind world record holder Jonathan Edwards and is the American record holder in the men’s triple jump following his 18.21m leap at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.


Taylor has a wild card entry into the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London and will be competing at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, California. Tickets, hotel information and more are available at


Other notable performances:

  • Tori Bowie (Sandhill, Mississippi) – Clocking the fastest-ever time before the month of June and upsetting double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica, Bowie beat her personal best by .22 to win in 21.77, a new Diamond League record, Nike Prefontaine Classic record and Hayward Field record. Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo was second in 21.91 and Thompson crossed third in 21.98. It was the first time in track & field history that three women have gone sub-22 outside of a major championship meet.
  • Christian Coleman (Atlanta, Georgia) – The 2016 Rio Olympian looked to be on track for another NCAA Championship double, running 19.85 at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the men’s 200m, finishing with the top time in the world in 2017 and becoming the #2 all-time collegian in the 200m. Coleman was recently named the 2017 SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year.
  • Fred Kerley (Taylor, Texas) – Ran a collegiate record in the men’s 400m at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, setting a new world leading time of 43.70 in the 400m. Kerley also ran the anchor leg on the men’s 4x400m that advanced to the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene. The Texas A&M senior now moves to seventh on the world all-time list. 1992 Olympic champion Quincy Watts, who held the previous collegiate record of 44.00, was in attendance to watch his record go down.
  • Ashley Spencer (Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Olympic bronze medalist shifted into another gear Saturday to win the women’s 400m hurdles. Returning to the track where she made her first U.S. Olympic Team, Spencer stormed past 2015 World Championships silver medalist Shamier Little over the final 100m to take home the 400m hurdles in 53.38, a personal best and the fastest time in the world this year. Spencer is now the #11 all-time performer in USATF history.


Now in its 16th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2017 Winners: January 5, Miranda Melville; January 12, Leonard Korir; January 19, Jordan Hasay; January 26, Keni Harrison; February 2, Michael Wardian; February 9, Mikey Brannigan; February 16, Ajee’ Wilson; February 23, Kathy Martin; March 2, Keturah Orji; March 9, Noah Lyles; March 16, Christian Walker; March 23, Allen Woodard; March 30, Bob Lida; April 6, Anna Rohrer; April 12, Sydney McLaughlin; April 19, Ben True; April 26, Jordan Hasay; May 3, Clayton Murphy; May 10, Gwen Berry; May 17, Christian Coleman; May 24, Joe Kovacs; May 31, Christian Taylor.


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Amanda Brooks
Marketing and Communications Manager
USA Track & Field

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