Jonathan Edwards watches Christian Taylor near his long jump world record

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Jonathan Edwards could only watch from the stands as his triple jump world record, which has stood for 20 years, came under huge threat at the World Championships in Beijing.

American athlete Christian Taylor jumped a massive 18.21 metres, a mere 8cm shy of Edward's record, and the second longest jump in triple jump history.

The jump was enough to take the gold medal, and was almost half a metre longer than Cuba's Pedro Pablo Pichardo, whose effort won him the silver medal.  

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The 49-year-old record holder was shown to be laughing as competitors were steadily reeling in his record, which was set in 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Speaking on Radio 5 Live this afternoon, Edwards said: "That was a remarkable jump. Nothing we have seen in this competition had indicated they would jump that far but that was phenomenal from Taylor."

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He later tweeted Taylor, saying: "You gave me a scare my friend."

This gold was the 25-year-old American's second World Championship gold, which he can add to his growing collection including a memorable gold at London 2012. 

Record breaker

Edwards broke the record when he was 29, and with four years training and experience to be gained before Taylor reaches this age, he will have high hopes of one day snatching the record from one of the true greats of world athletics. 

Unless Edwards digs out an old pair of spikes and gets back into the gym, it seems it is only a matter of time before his record will be taken. 

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