Drama as Christopher Taylor only just makes 200m final

By March 28, 2019

Fans of Kingston College said they smelled blood in the water after a lame Christopher Taylor just barely made it into the finals of the Class 1 Boys 200m after finishing third in his heat on Thursday night.

On Day 3 of the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Championships at the National Stadium in Kingston, supporters of Kingston College were feeling buoyant as they watched their athletes advance without incident to several finals.

Meantime, Calabar’s athletes were suffering misfortune in the form of injury and poor performances.

However, it was after the first semi-final of the Class 1 Boys 200m that the KC contingent got a major boost.

On Tuesday, when he ran in the preliminary round of the 200 Taylor, who has been virtually invincible at Champs, seemed to suffer an injury while running the curve on his 200m heat.

He did not look much better in his 400m heat the following day but many wondered aloud inside the stadium on Thursday whether the high school superstar was playing possum.

Their question was answered when Taylor was collared by Clarendon College’s Rajay Morris, who pulled away from the defending champion down the stretch to win in 20.77s.

Taylor meanwhile, battled in vain to hold on to second place but was overtaken on the line by a fast-finishing Ryiem Robertson of Jamaica College.

Both sprinters were given the same time of 20.98 but Taylor was awarded third place.

The KC throng waited with bated breath for the two semis, hoping to see Taylor eliminated from the finals.

However, while Wolmer’s Boys Xavier Nairne won his heat in 20.81, a relaxed Antonio Watson of Petersfield cruised into second place and finished in 21.00.

Andre Bent was third in 21.31, which meant that three athletes from the final heat would have to run faster than 20.98 to eliminate the defending champion.

As it was Kingston College’s Jevaughn Powell did his best to accommodate his school’s supporters racing to the line in 20.85. However, Michali Everett of Jamaica College (21.18) and Kevon Stone of Petersfield (21.22) were simply not fast enough to eliminate Taylor who lived to fight another day.

However, the signs are clear for the KC faithful. Taylor is shaky and so is the crown that Calabar has worn for the past seven years.



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