Taylor Leads Strong Triple Jump Showdown At The Gyulai Memorial

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One of the major attractions on the infield will be two-time Olympic and four-time world triple jump champion Christian Taylor making his eagerly awaited 2020 international debut at the 10th Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar, Hungary, the season’s second World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting on Wednesdays, August 19, 2020.

The 30-year-old American jumped as a guest at the Austrian championships last weekend, reaching 17.13m, to warm-up for the strong field he’ll face here.

That includes last year’s breakout triple jump star Hugues Fabrice Zango from Burkina Faso who extended his own African triple jump record with a 17.66m effort at the World Championships to take bronze. He was on fire indoors this year, extending the African record indoors to 17.77m and winning each of his four appearances before the coronavirus pandemic brought his momentum to an end.

Pedro Pablo Pichardo, one of just six men who have soared beyond 18 metres, will also be jumping.

In the women’s long jump, Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk also returns to outdoor action after a strong 2019 campaign which brought the Ukrainian her first global medal. The 25-year-old was the picture of consistency indoors in 2020, jumping 6.92m, 6.96m, 6.90m, and 6.90m again to win each of her four starts on the World Athletics Indoor Tour.

She’ll face local star Petra Farkas, the European U23 silver medallist and Nastassia Mironchyk-Ivanova of Belarus, the current world leader at 6.93m.

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