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Triple jump ace Taylor eyes record-breaking performance in London
Last Updated: 2017-08-04 09:37 | Xinhua
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Christian Taylor has always had one goal on his mind -- breaking the triple jump world record.

With two Olympic and two world titles, the 27-year-old has one challenge remained to be tackled in his otherwise brilliant career and that is to break the long-standing world record of 18.29 meters set by British Jonathan Edwards at the 1995 World Championships in Gothenburg.

"I have wanted the world record from day one. I am a little disappointed that I have not achieved it so far. I have heard his (Britain's record holder Jonathan Edwards) son's birthday is on the day of the final and I would like to give him this gift (of taking his world record away)," said Taylor at Thursday's pre-competition news conference ahead of the athletics world championships kicking off on Friday.

Taylor jumped to win at 2015 Beijing world championships with his personal best of 18.21, an all-time second best behind Edwards' record and hoped to perform even better in London.

"Hopefully it will be a Beijing rematch, maybe a little further. Mentally I am where I need to be," said the American. "I pray that I can take care of my qualification day. I will focus on the first step. But, if I had not locked my eyes on the gold medal, I would not be here."

If Taylor indeed breaks the world record, what elso goal does he have? Taylor hinted that he may switch to the 400 meters.

"I love the 400m, I have done it in high school and at the University of Florida. I do not take for granted the wins. If I had the triple jump world record, I would run (the 400) with pure joy," he said.

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