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Taylor, Salmon to captain teams

Observer writer

Monday, July 09, 2018

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TAMPERE, Finland — Christopher Taylor, a gold medal favourite at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships which gets under way at Tampere stadium tomorrow, and intermediate hurdler Shiann Salmon were named male and female captains of the Jamaica team here yesterday.

The announcement came following a second training session for the team, since they arrived in Finland on Friday, held at an indoors facility just outside the city, and both accepted graciously and said they would be doing their best in their additional responsibilities.

Taylor, who is the top junior male athlete in both the 200m and 400m events in the world but is expected to run the one-lap-event, said he would “lead from the front”.

In a video sent to members of the Jamaican media by the team management here, Taylor said the appointment meant “I have a responsibility to carry out, to lead the boys' team, leading from the front as usual.”

He said, “I have to keep the boys motivated and help them to perform at their very best.”

It was not the first leadership role for Salmon, who said she had been captain of her high school team at Hydel High, but admitted she would be in charge of a larger group on a bigger stage.

“I have some experience leading teams,” she told journalists. “This is a bigger team, however, as this is the World Under-20 and there are different athletes from different schools, but I am confident that I will lead my team well and it really makes me feel good to be named captain.”

Salmon said a part of her duties was “to make sure my teammates eat properly and on time, and also that they are well equipped when they leave for the stadium to compete”.

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