Christian Taylor of U.S. wins Olympic triple jump gold

Christian Taylor of the United States competes during the Men's Triple Jump Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

(AP) LONDON - Christian Taylor won the Olympic triple jump gold medal Thursday night, overtaking U.S. teammate Will Claye with his fourth jump in the final.

Taylor, the world champion, earned the Olympic title with a best jump of 17.81 meters.

Claye, the world indoor champion, who had already won a bronze medal in the long jump at the London Games, earned silver in 17.62.

European champion Fabrizio Donato of Italy took bronze at 17.48.

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