Jamaica high-school star Christopher Taylor Florida-bound

By May 15, 2019

Jamaica’s high school prodigy Christopher Taylor is reportedly joining the camp of respected track and field coach Rana Reider at his base in Florida.

Reider is a globally renowned coach, who has trained some of the world’s best track and field athletes including two-time world champion Dafne Schippers, Olympic triple jump gold medallist Christian Taylor, the talented Japanese sprinter Sani Brown, Olympic sprinter and long jumper Tiana Bartoletta and British Olympian Adam Gemili.

The 19-year-old Taylor, arguably Jamaica’s most successful high school athlete of the modern era, recently parted company with the Michael Clarke-led AKAN Track Club but is reportedly still in school at Calabar High.

He took some time off recently to visit Coach Reider’s facility and spent about three weeks familiarising himself with the coach and the environment where he plans to spend the foreseeable future.

However, the athlete who is under new management is planning to leave for Florida as soon as possible once the relevant paperwork and other details have been finalised.

Dalton Myers, a director at JAD Professional Management confirmed to Sportsmax.TV on Wednesday night that Taylor has contracted them to manage his affairs and that Taylor is in the final stages of completing his move to Coach Reider’s training facility in Fort Lauderdale for ‘coaching and recuperation.”

Taylor is badly injured which is a major concern for the athlete and his new management team. As such, they want him to take the time to recover so he can look forward to the remainder of the season.

 However, he is not targeting the National Senior Championships set for June 20-23 that will select Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar starting in late September. That date would have come too soon for the 2018 National 400m champion.

Throughout his high school career, Taylor has competed at a high standard, having lost once as a senior athlete at Champs 2019 because of an unspecified injury that also saw him withdraw from the 200m after it became clear that Kingston College would be runaway winners of the championships.

While representing Jamaica, Taylor won the World U18 title in 2015 in what was then a personal best of 45.27. He also won the Junior Pan Am 200m title in 2017 in 20.38s and in 2018, finished second in the 400m at the World U20 champions in Tampere, Finland.

In 2018, he was crowned national 400m champion after winning the event at the national championships in a personal best 44.88s.

That same year he defeated Olympic gold medallist LaShawn Merritt over 200m at the Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium in Kingston.

 

 

Leighton Levy

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