Chris Taylor plans to break Grand Prix record despite ‘discomfort’

By March 10, 2019
Calabar's Christopher Taylor looks all business as he speaks to SportsMax's Shawana Ebanks after winning the boys 400-metre final at the Corporate Area Development Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday. Calabar's Christopher Taylor looks all business as he speaks to SportsMax's Shawana Ebanks after winning the boys 400-metre final at the Corporate Area Development Meet at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Chris Taylor claimed the 400 metres in the Digicel Grand Prix series at the Corporate Area Development Meet inside the National Stadium on Saturday but only did enough to finish in front. 

According to the Calabar athlete, who holds the Digicel Grand Prix record of 45.84 set in 2018, this season has not been the easiest for him but he still plans to put on a show when the Grand Prix makes its final stop at the GC Foster Classic next week.

“The plan today was just to come out here and qualify for the final at GC Foster,” said Taylor after cruising to a 47.57-second victory on Saturday.

Taylor had time to look around and urge his teammate, Shevioe Reid through the tape in second place. Reid stopped the clock in 47.82 seconds to give Calabar 16 points on their way to a second-place finish at the Corporate Area Development Meet.

“This has been very rough for me but as you know, I am fighter so I am just taking it step by step,” said Taylor.

When asked why this season was so tough, Taylor told SportsMax’s Shawana Ebanks, his team was suffering through injuries and that he was not exempt from those issues.

“There have been a lot of injuries in the team and for me, there’s been a lot of discomfort,” said Taylor.

Despite that discomfort, Taylor isn’t planning to hold back when the Digicel Grand Prix gun fires next week.

“In the final I am running to break the record I set last year,” said Taylor.

The Digicel Grand Prix final takes place at the GC Foster College on March 16.

Excelsior High School’s Demar Francis was third in the event at the Corporate Area Development Meet, clocking 48.14, in front of the Kingston College pair of Kobe Simpson, 48.18, and Karim Murray, 48.88.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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