Taylor’s magnificent Grand Prix 800 puts 32-year-old Champs’ record in real jeopardy

By March 18, 2019
Enid Bennett's Tyrice Taylor Enid Bennett's Tyrice Taylor

Enid Bennett High School’s Tyrice Taylor put a 32-year-old schoolboy record under real threat on Saturday when he won the under-20 Boys’ 800-metre at the Digicel Grand Prix final. 

The final, run as part of the GC Foster Classic in Spanish Town, saw the fastest boys in the land over 800 square off in a final expected to be won by Calabar’s Kimar Farquharson, who had gone close to the record before.

Farquharson, found himself chasing the leaders with about 250 metres to go but the pace quickened and with about 170 or 180 metres to go, he stopped, as if injured.

By that time, the race was in hand, with Taylor looking full of running, stopping the clock at 1:48.85.

The win wasn’t the biggest surprise but that time, the new Digicel Grand Prix record, had not been achieved since Vere Technical’s Sherwin Burgess ran 1:48.84 all the way back in 1987.

Burgess had achieved the feat at the ISSA Boys’ Championship and it is now quite possible that Taylor, or Farquharson, who has gone as fast as 1:49.79 this season.

Jamaica College’s Dugion Blackman has been expected to be one of Farquharson’s main challenge, but he was well beaten into third place when he faded to 1:52.25. Second in the Grand Prix final was Spot Valley High School’s Tyrese Reid, who stopped the clock in a fast 1:49.30.

Blackman’s teammate, Rushshane Fullerton, 1:52.42, was fourth while Kingston College’s Controy Ellis 1:54.54 was fifth. Clayton Cooper of St Mary High, 2:00.95, and Rivaldo marshall of Calabar High rounded out the places.

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