CHRISTOPHER Taylor of Calabar High became the first athlete to place his name in the record books at this year's ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Championships, after he stopped the clock at 48.72 seconds in the Class Three 400 metre at the National Stadium yesterday.
Taylor, running out of lane four in the first heat, got a steady start and was cruising along the backstretch, picking off opponents before taking the lead in the last 150 metres before pulling away from the field to run out an easy winner, sending those in attendance into a loud cheer.
He erased the old mark of 49.13 seconds set by Kingston College's Nathaniel Bann, who defeated him at last year's edition.
Taylor won ahead of Odane Thomas (52.30) of Claude McKay and Chadon Davis (52.69) of Wolmer's Boys.
The 14-year-old Taylor said that going for the record was the initial plan and he did just that.
"I feel great in myself knowing that I came out here and followed the instructions given to me by my coach...he told me to break the record first thing and get it out of the way and I did just that, so I am feeling really wonderful," he told the Jamaica Observer.
The soft-spoken athlete, competing in his second year in Class Three, said that he will be working to go lower as he was the first Class Three athlete to go under 49.00 seconds, a feat which he achieved at the Corporate Area Championships.
"I will be working to go 48.0 in the final, because I know I have it in me to clock a sub-48. Last year I finished second in 50.5 in the final, and at Corporate Area champs I ran 48.5, so I know I can get lower," he insisted.