Christopher Taylor leads dominant Calabar 400s at Grand Prix Finale

By March 10, 2018
Christopher Taylor running through the tape unchallenged at the Digicel Grand Prix. Christopher Taylor running through the tape unchallenged at the Digicel Grand Prix. Marlon Reid

Calabar high reigned supreme at the Digicel Grand Prix Finale at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica with the impressive Christopher Taylor leading the way for them.

In the Under-20 final, Taylor outclassed the field with a 45.92 clocking. Maneesh Vassell of Rhodes Hall got the better of Holmwood Technical's Bovel McPherson for second place. Both athletes were credited with the same time - 48.02.

Looking over at the clock at the line, Taylor looked a little disappointed with the time, but that was all he could be down about, as he had absolutely no competition.

Before Taylor’s dismissive performance, his teammate, Elvado Whitehorne won the Boys' Under 17 one-lap event in 47.93 seconds, with Cjay White of Rhodes Hall, second in 48.45.

There are 10 Digicel Grand Prix events. Those events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, 4x400m relay, medley relay and the 400m hurdles.

At the end of the Grand Finale, the winning teams (boys and girls) will be rewarded with the title of Digicel Grand Prix champion and $1 million each towards gym equipment or development of their school’s training facilities.

There will also be an overall second and third place cash prizes of $500,000 and $200,000 respectively.

Digicel will pay $25,000 for each championship record and $50,000 for each national junior record.

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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