Phoenix’s Claye wins silver in triple jump

Will Claye of Phoenix, a Mountain Pointe High School graduate who now trains in San Diego, earned his second medal of the London Olympics on Friday by placing second in the triple jump behind U.S. teammate Christian Taylor.

Taylor jumped 58 feet, 5 1/4 inches on his fourth jump to move past Claye, who was leading at the time. Claye’s fourth jump went 57 feet, 9 3/4 inches to solidify his hold on second place.

Italy’s Fabrizio Donato won the bronze with a jump of 57-4 1/4.

Claye, 21, adds a the silver medal to a bronze he won in the long jump last Saturday. He was a two-time Arizona high school champion in the triple jump while competing for Mountain Pointe.

Taylor is the world champion outdoors, and Claye has the world indoor title, and together they’re looking to break the world record of 60 feet set by Britain’s Jonathan Edwards in 1995.

“Will and I … It’s special to share it with him,” Taylor said. “We’re getting people to talk about the triple jump again. That’s a goal of ours.

“I definitely think the world record could come down this year, but we’re taking it one day at a time.”

Leevan Sands of the Bahamas injured his right leg during the final and had to be carried from the pit on a stretcher after fouling on his fourth attempt, delaying the finish. He still posted a mark good enough to earn fifth place.

“It was sad to see that happen,” Claye said. “You hope he’s going to come back even stronger. I know he’s not done yet. It hit me when it happened. They kept showing it on the replay and his knee didn’t look the best.”