Christopher Taylor gives up Grand Prix record in favour of long season

By March 18, 2019
Calabar High School's Christopher Taylor Calabar High School's Christopher Taylor

Calabar High School star, Christopher Taylor, did not go after his 45.84-second Digicel Grand Prix record at the GC Foster Classic on Saturday, despite saying a week earlier he would lower the 2018 mark. 

Taylor ran about 280 metres before shutting down in Spanish Town to cruise to a 45.99-clocking.

Taylor’s victory was miles better than his opposition, as Homwood Technical’s Bovel McPherson, 47.13, finished well back in second.

Tyrece Grant of St Catherine High was third in 47.25 seconds, while Taylor’s teammate Shevioe Reid, second at the Corporate Area Development Meet, was fourth in 48.07.

The field was rounded out by Petersfield’s Romario Taylor, 48.39, Kingston College’s Kobe Simpson, 48.72, Excelsior High School’s Demar Francis, 48.90, and Robert Lightbourne’s Joshua Belvet, 50.62.

After the race, Taylor explained that he was running under the coach’s instructions.

He said he was told to run the first 200 metres hard before shutting down on the way home.

Taylor’s final 100 metres, in particular, was done at a trot and still Taylor came close to the record.

The result suggests Taylor may be in smashing form ahead of the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championship set for March 26.

Even further afield, is the IAAF World Championships of Athletics and Taylor may just be in the kind of shape to find himself on the team to Qatar come the end of September. The IAAF World Championships are normally held in the middle of August, but has adjusted to provide for the climate in Doha.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at 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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