Outstanding junior athlete Christopher Taylor has decided to skip the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Junior Championships to compete in the senior section. Taylor, the 2015 World Youth 400 metres champion, has competed at the senior championships before, when he lined up in the 400 metres final at the event in 2016. He decided to compete as a junior last year, but this year he will be back amongst the seniors.
But despite recording personal bests at both 200 and 400 so far this season, Taylor says he will only contest the 200m one event at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Finland next month. However, unlike Taylor, World Under-18 sprint hurdles champion Dejour Russell has made a surprising decision to compete at the junior championships this year.
Despite competing against seniors at the championsips last year and making his senior international debut at the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this year, Russell said he has made a strategic decision.,noting that he wants adequate practice over the junior hurdles height before this summer’s event in Finland.
In the meantime, Commonwealth Games bronze medallists Javon Francis says he will be turning out at the national championships at the end of June as he has a few senior meets that he will be targetting. Menawhile, JAAA president Dr Warren Blake says the association will continue to adhere strictly to the policy of using the national championships to select the respective national senior and junior meets later this year.
The senior and junior championships will be held jointly this year from June 21-24 at the National Stadium. The championships will be used to select teams for the World Under-20 Championships and the Youth Olympic Games for juniors and the NACAC, CAC and Athletics World Cup teams for seniors.