Christian Taylor achieves second longest triple jump in history to win gold

Christian Taylor won gold in Beijing

Christian Taylor produced the second longest jump in history to win triple jump gold at the World Championships in Beijing.

The American snatched gold from Cuba's Pedro Pablo Pichardo with the penultimate jump of the competition, soaring out to 18.20 metres at the Bird's Nest stadium.

It was the closest any athlete has come to breaking Jonathan Edwards' 20-year-old world record of 18.29m.

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Edwards was seen watching in the stands and gave a smile of relief once he realised his time of two decades ago remained unmatched. 

Pedro Pablo Pichardo won the silver medal with a jump of 17.73m, with Portugal's Nelson Evora taking bronze with 17.52m.

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