Christian Taylor has declared his pursuit of Jonathan Edwards’ triple jump world record is the only reason he remains in the sport.
America’s two-time Olympic champion has arrived in London for the World Championships, where he will attempt to win a third world title.
But the 27-year-old has admitted the 18.29m mark set by Edwards in Gothenburg in 1995 is his sole remaining purpose in the discipline.
Christian Taylor says his pursuit of the triple jump record is the reason he remains in the sport
Taylor, one of the marquee names at these Championships, holds four of the nine longest jumps in history, including his personal best of 18.21m, which he jumped in winning the world title two years ago.
He said: ‘I am very happy with the medals but I am missing that WR. That's the only reason I am in the sport. That is what I am chasing, that world record.’
Taylor, who jumped 18.11m in May, added: ‘I’m trying to be as respectful