07 Dec '17, 11pm

Christian Taylor's biggest rival just got Portugese citizenship

Pedro Pablo Pichardo, the fourth-best triple jumper in world history, successfully obtained Portugese citizenship this week after defecting from Cuba in April. The 24-year-old is a two-time IAAF World Championships silver medalist and is one of the few men in the world who has defeated America's prize triple jumper, Christian Taylor, who earned his fifth global gold at this summer's worlds in London. Pichardo's personal best of 18.08m makes him one of only five men to jump beyond 18m; only he and Taylor have done so in the past two years. He defeated Taylor at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne this summer, and owned the third-best mark in the world this year behind Taylor and fellow American Will Claye. But his defection from Cuba made his ineligible to compete at Worlds. Pichardo's newfound Portugese citizenship still doesn't make him eligible to for world compe...

Full article: https://www.flotrack.org/articles/6054629-christian-taylo...

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