All eyes on Taylor

Saturday, July 07, 2018

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Jamaica's track and field sensation Christopher Taylor will be in the spotlight even before Tuesday's start of the IAAF World Under-20 Championships at Tampere Stadium that seats just under 17,000 spectators.

Taylor is in the peak of his form, setting a new National Junior Record in the 400m after he won the event at the JAAA National Senior Championships three weeks ago in 44.88 seconds, then equalled Yohan Blake's National Junior Record in the 100m, 10.11 seconds.

In addition to being the world junior leader in the 400m which he is down to contest in Tampere, the former World Under-18 champion in the 400m in Chile in 2015 leads all runners in the 200m as well where he has the two best times — 20.35 seconds and 20.38 seconds.

Taylor will be one of the featured athletes at Monday's opening press conference and was featured on the IAAF website yesterday as one of the 10 athletes to watch at the six-day championships.

Taylor will have unfinished business at the championships after he failed to make it past the semi-finals of the 400m at the last IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2016, finishing ninth overall and missing the final by one spot.

— Paul Reid

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