Video interview with the Olympic triple jump champion following his winning performance at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix
Christian Taylor has said he knows there’s more to come after his triple jump win at the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Olympic champion produced a series of 17m-plus efforts with a winning jump of 17.40m and although ultimately disappointed with the distances, the 24-year-old was pleased to have claimed victory.
“I got the win. I want to really focus on the positives,” he said. “I am disappointed because it’s such a beautiful day and the crowd was really behind me and I wanted to jump far.
“So to be honest I am a little disappointed but on a positive note I am healthy, it was a very solid series and I know there’s more in the tank.
“To be at this time of the year where I am mentally and physically I think it’s very promising.”
The 2011 world champion moved to joint fourth on the world all-time list with his 18.04m leap in Doha last month at a meeting which also saw Cuba’s Pedro Pablo Pichardo jump 18.06m and the American looks to be the man most likely to challenge Pichardo for the world title later this season.
“I’m just going to keep challenging my competitors,” he said. “We need to make it the year of the jumps and that is a challenge I’ve taken on to myself so I hope more jumpers come on board.”
On winning gold at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August, he added: “It would mean the world to me. It has been too many years since I was on the podium, too many years since I had the gold.
“Eyes on the prize and really looking forward to it.”
» Online coverage of the Sainsbury’s Birmingham Grand Prix can be found here while more in-depth reports, pictures and results will be included in the June 11 edition of AW magazine