Carifta is not a waste of time - Taylor

April 04, 2018
JAAA President Dr Warren Blake (left) and Christopher Taylor.

With many track and field enthusiasts questioning the importance of the Carifta Games in recent times, Christopher Taylor, the newly crowned 200 metres Under-20 champion, said that it is not a waste of time for him to run at the Caribbean junior meet.

Taylor has dominated the Games for the past four years and believes that it serves as good preparation for global events like the upcoming World Under-20 Championship in July in Finland.

The Calabar High school star athlete ran 20.38 seconds to win his event. He also anchored Jamaica's 4x400 metres relay team to victory at the Carifta Games that ended in Nassau, Bahamas, on Monday night.

"It is not a waste of time, the Carifta Games serves as a prep for going out to the international level such as World Juniors and World Youth. This year we have World Juniors coming up in July. It is a prep for that competition that we will face," Taylor told STAR Sports after the team's arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, yesterday.

Taylor, who have not done a personal best in his favoured 400m since 2015, which he did not compete in at Carifta, said he has no intention of switching to the 200m.

"I have no intention to switch to the 200m," he bluntly said.

"It is a phase in life, so I am just going through it and enjoying myself. I don't have anything to say about that. It is just part of life. I have not done a personal best in a while, but I can't pressure my body to run as fast as it is not ready to run yet.. I will just continue working hard and allow things to fall in place," he pointed out.

"It is normal feeling for me to be winning there because every year I go to the Carifta Games and always win. I have been going there since 2015, so that is four years," he concluded.

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