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'Two' to Go

Injury could force Taylor to skip 400m this season

Senior Staff reporter

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Calabar High School star and Jamaican prodigy Christopher Taylor could participate in the 200 metres only for the remainder of the season, instead of his beloved 400m because of a persistent injury.

Taylor, 18, who has been doubling at the 200m and 400m since 2013, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that he will soon take a decision after consultations with his doctor.

“Right now, it's the 200m because of the injury I am having. It's putting (making) me not to go too fast in the 400m,” Taylor confirmed, while refusing to reveal or elaborate on the nature of the injury.

“When the doctor gives me further instructions then I will make my decision later in the season. But next week I will be moving on to the Carifta Games, where I will be competing in the 200m to go for a new personal best again,” he added.

Last Saturday, Taylor sped to 20.35 seconds ato win the 200m at Champs just outside Usain Bolt's 15-year-old Class One record of 20.25 set in 2003.

But, despite coming the closest to Bolt's record, Taylor said he wasn't trying to break it and was surprised with the time.

“No, I wasn't going for the record. I just went out there and did what I had to do to win the race. I didn't even know that I 'PRed' (set a personal record) until after the 4x100m when someone said I did a personal best. Even not trying I ran a personal best?” he asked.

Meanwhile, Taylor, who has a personal best of 45.27 seconds over 400m, and was the defending champion at Champs, missed the event as he reduced his workload in preparation for the World Junior Championships in July, as well as due to the injury.

In his absence, the race was won by Dashawn Morris of Kingston College in 45.09 seconds, the third best in the 108-year-old history of the championships. Morris's time was just outside the 44.93 seconds record held by Akeem Bloomfield since 2016.

But Taylor was in no doubt that had he ran the 400m at Champs, not only would he have won, but would also erase that 400m record.

“Well, of course, the record would have gone. My main competitor (Morris) ran 45.0 and the last time we competed it was my season opener and he ran 45.9 and I ran 45.8. If I ran the 400m at Champs I would be halfway in my peak season, so I would be lighter and I would be more competitive and more seasoned and more focused. Of course the record would have been broken,” he reiterated.

Taylor, who said he was going to “break the world junior record for my country”, was not surprised at the times ran by both Morris (45.09) and Anthony Carpenter (45.47) and is predicting great things for the country.

“No, I am not surprised. They are good athletes just like myself and they train enough. It's a good thing knowing that we have World Juniors this year and you have good competition in your country to go out there and make some damage on the global scene,” said Taylor.