His best mark was 59 feet, 9 inches (18.21 meters) in 2015. The world record is held by Jonathan Edwards of Great Britain when he went just over 60 feet (18.29) in 1995.
Bothered by knee issues, Taylor made the difficult decision around eight years ago to switch from jumping off his left leg to his right. He called it one of the greatest challenges of his career, but it allowed him to jump even farther.
Taylor is the president of The Athletics Association, whose mission is to help advance and grow the sport with athletes being the priority.
Before going pro, Taylor was a standout at the University of Florida and a 10-time NCAA All-American.
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