Christian Taylor opens up by addressing a message to great Jonathan Edwards saying “Thankyou for leading the way, it’s now time for us to move up the way” in a great feature on the world champion in the triple jump by Trans World Sport.
The sky looks the limit for the young American who is riding on the confidence and the buzz of his stunning triumph in Daegu, nailing a superb 17.96m to deny Phillips Idowu a second global title on the trot, and setting his sights as far as an ‘extraterrestrial’ potential world record of 18.50m in the future.
Of course, Edwards’s overwhelming milestone of 18.29m, set in Gothenburg 1995, still stands a class apart and Taylor has got massive ground to make but he has shown the potential to reach very far. He isn’t particularly consistent through his series, more of having one or two big jumps in him in a competition, but when his technique comes together he really strikes fear around as to what he is going to achieve deep into the pit.
Edwards, incidentally, is the first to admit that Taylor has got the makings to claim his world record but hopes that doesn’t come too soon for him, also featuring in the video, while Florida-based Teddy Tamgho is on hand to offer his view on a cameo.
Personally speaking, I think he could be the main threat to Idowu’s own aspirations of wrapping up the ‘grand slam’ of titles in London, rather than the Frenchman, and the Briton will probably have to go out hard and nail a big distance from early on to place the American under pressure.
Taylor’s ambitions aren’t confined only on the infield as he intends to have a serious first season over 400m too and he is no slouch in that quarter either; in 2009, he ran a world-class 45.34 secs as an U20 and also ran a solid 45.46 secs last spring, so it is going to be really intriguing to see how fast he can go.