Eighteen-year-old Christopher Taylor sped to a world U20 lead and national U20 record of 44.88 to win the senior men’s 400m on the final day of the Jamaican Championships on Sunday (24).
One of Jamaica’s brightest prospects for the IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018 is the soft spoken yet fiercely competitive 2015 World U18 champion Christopher Taylor.
As expected, Jamaica once again underlined their dominance of Caribbean youth and junior track and field at the 46th staging of the FLOW CARIFTA Games on the Dutch island of Curacao, amassing 39 gold, 28 silver and 19 bronze medals at the end of the three-day competition held on 15-17 April.
Christopher Taylor booked his ticket to IAAF World U20 Championships Bydgoszcz 2016 with a workmanlike victory in the men’s 400m at the Jamaica Junior Championships in Kingston, which came to a close on Sunday (19).
Anytime someone supplants Usain Bolt, it’s newsworthy. Even if it’s in an event the double sprint world record-holder doesn’t particularly enjoy, like the 400m. It’s not one that Christopher Taylor, the freshly-minted world youth champion over the distance, is exactly fond of either.
On an unforgettable day for global 1500m running, Kumari Taki ensured day three of the IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015 would also be ignited by a stellar metric mile performance as he smashed the boys’ championship record courtesy of a bold front-running display on Friday (17).
Propelled by a gutsy run down the home straight, Christopher Taylor powered to an impressive victory in the boys’ 400m to secure Jamaica’s first gold medal at the IAAF World Youth Championships, Cali 2015.
World youth leader Christopher Taylor will be aiming to keep the 400m title in Jamaican hands but he’ll have to beat back a two-prong attack by the strong US duo of Keshun Reed and Josephus Lyles.
Usain Bolt aside, the ISSA/Grace Kennedy Boys and Girls Championships in Kingston is the biggest deal in athletics in Jamaica.
Many of the young Jamaican athletes in action at the Carifta Trials this weekend (7-8) in Kingston have just the Carifta Games in mind as their main target this year. But a handful of teenagers showed they could be medal contenders at this summer’s IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali.