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Taylor set to skip 400m

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Calabar High School star athlete Christopher Taylor is set to compete in the 200m only at this year's Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/GraceKennedy Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships.

The 18-year-old Taylor, who has been doubling at 200m and 400m since 2013, has apparently told the coaching staff he wants to focus on the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Junior Championships in July.

Calabar's assistant coach Omar Hawes and team manager Andre Hardware confirmed to the Jamaica Observer that Taylor is set to compete in the 200m only at Champs.

“For now it's the 200m. We haven't made the change for the 400m as yet. He was registered for both, but you know we can make a change like 48 hours before the event,” said Hawes.

“He is only running the 200m, the 400 will be Carpenter (Anthony) and Shemar (Chambers),” said Hardware.

As a 15-year-old Taylor struck gold in the 400m at the 2015 World Youth Championships in a time of 45.27 seconds which remains his personal best.

The Calabar captain has done 45.84 seconds for 400m at the Digicel Corporate Area Championships and the general belief was that with the emergence of Dashawn Morris of Kingston College, who ran him close in 45.93, that challenge might prompt him to step on the gas and break that 44.93 seconds record held by Akeem Bloomfield.

But fans will not witness that possible history-making moment as Calabar, with such depth in the quartermile, can afford to leave Taylor out and use Carpenter and Chambers, both of whom have been defeated by Morris this season, but should garner enough points regardless.

Although Calabar are expected to win Champs, it could be closer than most people believe and with the KC camp quietly tipping the injury-prone Nathaniel Bann to finally deliver points, things could be interesting as that one or two points difference could be crucial.

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