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Taylor set to shine

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM

CALI, Colombia:

FIFTEEN-year-old Calabar High quarter-miler Christopher Taylor should be unstoppable in Cali in the 400m this week.

The slender athlete, whose signature headband makes him a standout on the track before he even begins to run, has dominated the event not only in Jamaica this year, but IAAF world list for the event.

Taylor holds six of the fastest times in the event this year with his personal best 45.55-second run at the National Stadium on June 13 being the fastest time this year. He is also second on the list with a 45.69 second clocking at the Carifta Trials in March, third best 46.08 in Cayman on March 16, and sixth best times of 46.64 done at the Carifta Championships in St Kitts on April 4, and 46.72 clocked on June 21 at the National Stadium.

The athlete's 45.55 is the ninth all time fastest by a youth athlete in the 400m and puts him two places lower than Usain Bolt whose 45.35 youth best is seventh on the list.

Should he win here, Taylor would be only the second Jamaican to win the event at the WYC. The reigning champion is Martin Manley, who won in 45.89 seconds in Donetsk, Ukraine two years ago.

- D.B.