American Will Claye looked to better his silver finish from Rio in the men's triple jump. Unfortunately, he came up just short, missing the podium altogether. Claye's longest jump measured 17.44, just .03 behind Burkina Faso's Hugues Fabrice Zango's jump of 17.47.
Claye hoped to take advantage of fellow American Christian Taylor's absence in Tokyo. The decorated triple jumper, and reigning gold medalist, ruptured his Achilles in May. Taylor hadn't lost a major global title since 2013, with Claye often finishing second to his compatriot. The pair has battled against each other since high school, with both attending the University of Florida. Tokyo marks the first time since 2010 that Claye has competed without Taylor in a U.S. senior outdoor championship.
The triple jumper entered competition with the best triple mark in the world since 2016, with a jump of 18.14m coming in June of 2019. Portugal's Pedro Pablo Pichardo pulled off the upset on Wednesday in Tokyo, landing a 17.98 jump in his third attempt. Zhu Yaming of China finished second with a jump of 17.57.
While missing the podium is a disappointment for Claye, he is coming off his own Achilles injury and wouldn't even had been able to compete if the Games were held in 2020.