Thursday 23 May, 2019

Christopher Taylor switches coaches, heading to Florida

Calabar High sprint sensation Christopher Taylor.

Calabar High sprint sensation Christopher Taylor.

Calabar High sprint sensation, Christopher Taylor is reportedly heading to Florida to join the camp of respected track and field coach, Rana Reider.

Dalton Myers, a director at JAD Professional Management, confirmed to Sportsmax.TV on Wednesday night that Taylor has contracted them to manage his affairs.

Myers told Sportsmax.TV that Taylor is in the final stages of completing his move overseas for ‘coaching and recuperation.”

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 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.

Throughout his high school career, Taylor has competed at a high standard, having lost once as a senior athlete at the 2019 Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships.

While representing Jamaica, Taylor won the World U18 400m 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 20.38 seconds 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 44.88 seconds.

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

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