Will Claye

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Will Claye
Will Claye Daegu 2011.jpg
Claye at the 2011 World Championships Athletics in Daegu.
Personal information
National team  United States
Born (1991-06-13) June 13, 1991 (age 24)
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Triple Jump, long jump
College team University of Florida
Coached by Jeremy Fischer[1]

Will Claye (born June 13, 1991) is an American track and field athlete of Sierra Leonean descent who competes in the long jump and triple jump. He won a bronze medal in 2011 World Championships in Athletics and the gold medal at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. In his Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Claye won a bronze medal in long jump and a silver medal in triple jump.[2]

Will was two-time Arizona high school champion in the triple jump, establishing a new state record of over 50 feet. He attended Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was named to the 2008 USA Today's All-USA Team in both jumps.[3] Claye enrolled early at the University of Oklahoma, but later transferred to the University of Florida.


College career[edit]

While attending the University of Oklahoma, Claye competed for the Oklahoma Sooners men's track and field team. He won the 2009 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship in the triple jump on his 18th birthday, establishing a new American junior record of 56 ft 4.75 in (17.19 m). During his sophomore year at Oklahoma, Claye’s performance dropped off due to stress fractures in his back and leg.[4] After the 2010 outdoor season, he transferred to the University of Florida to join defending outdoor champion Christian Taylor and training under legendary jumps coach Dick Booth. The collegiate 2011 indoor season was capped by Florida winning the NCAA Indoor National Championship, thanks to Coach Booth's jumpers scoring 30 of the Gators' 52 points, led by Claye's national title in the triple jump and his runner-up finish in the long jump.

Claye finished second at the 2011 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships behind Taylor.[5] The two went on to finish in the same order at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.[6] Claye finished his collegiate career at Florida, after his junior year, ending with eight "All American" honors and with two NCAA titles (the 2009 outdoor triple jump title and the 2011 indoor title); he won both the triple and long jumps at the 2011 SEC Championships.

2011 World Championships[edit]

In 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea, Claye was 9th in long jump and 3rd in triple jump.[7] Claye, and Gator teammate Christian Taylor, withdrew from the University of Florida after the 2011 Worlds, and turned professional in order to concentrate on preparing for the 2012 London Olympics.[8] He is sponsored by Nike and is training under the direction of Martin Smith.

2012 Olympic Year[edit]

Claye established the early, indoor season, leading mark in the triple jump of 57 ft 0.75 in (17.39 m) at the 2012 Tyson Invitational on 11 February in Fayetteville, Arkansas (his only valid jump in the elite competition). At the 2012 USA Indoor Championships in February Claye not only won the triple jump, but he exceeded 57 feet on 3 consecutive jumps, finishing with a world-leading mark of 57 ft 10.25 in (17.63 m). In addition, Claye finished second in the long jump with a mark of 26 ft 3.75 in (8.02 m). He went on to claim his first world title at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He won the triple jump ahead of Christian Taylor with a clearance of 17.70 m and also placed fourth in the long jump.[9] In the outdoor season, he began with runner-up finishes at both the Shanghai and Eugene legs of the 2012 Diamond League.[10]

At the 2012 London Olympics Claye first won the bronze medal in long jump, then followed up by winning the silver medal in triple jump five days later.[2] He is the first man to win medals in both the long and triple jumps at the same Olympics since Naoto Tajima of Japan at the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics.[11]

Major competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2009 Pan American Junior Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st Triple jump 16.57 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 9th Long jump 8.10 m
3rd Triple jump 17.50 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 4th Long jump 8.04 m
1st Triple jump 17.70 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 3rd Long jump 8.12 m
2nd Triple jump 17.62 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd Triple jump 17.52 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 19th (q) Triple jump 16.41 m

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best (m) Venue Date
Triple jump (outdoor) 17.75 Sacramento, California June 27, 2014
Triple jump (indoor) 17.70 Istanbul, Turkey March 11, 2012
Long jump (outdoor) 8.29 Athens, Georgia May 14, 2011
Long jump (indoor) 8.24 Fayetteville, Arkansas February 10, 2012
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Will Claye". usatf.org. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Robert Booth (10 August 2012). "London 2012: Christian Taylor holds off Will Claye for triple jump gold". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Will Claye". Soonersports. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "21 January 2011 "Triple Threat: Taylor, Claye and Craddock Give UF Elite Jumps Group"". Gatorsports. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Christian Taylor Will Claye: Florida's Christian Taylor, Will Claye turn pro — Orlando Sentinel". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. 2011-08-10. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  6. ^ "Events – 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships". USATF. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  7. ^ "Christian Taylor wins men's triple jump at worlds". Yahoo. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "10 August 2011 "UF jumpers Christian Taylor, Will Claye turn pro"". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 29 February 2012. 
  9. ^ EVENT REPORT - Men's Triple Jump - Final. IAAF (2012-03-11). Retrieved on 2012-06-02.
  10. ^ Gains, Paul (2012-06-02). Dibaba 30:24.39 and Kiprop 27:01.98 on stunning but wet first night in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  11. ^ Metcalfe, Jeff (August 9, 2012). "Phoenix's Will Claye earns Olympic silver medal in triple jump to go with bronze in long jump". Arizona Republic. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 

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