By Christopher Lynch, Contributor

On a day when 21 events is slated to take place, the buzz in the air at the Inter-Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Championships in Kingston Jamaica, is that there are fabulous things to come as the day goes on.

The main topic for the day is Calabar High School’s Christopher Taylor, who broke the first of what seems to be many more records, on day one.

Taylor ran a blistering 48.72 seconds in Heat 1 of the Class 3 boys 400m, to erase the previous record of 49.13 held by Nathaniel Bann of Kingston College.

It was a very great day, as all the athletes who would have been favored to get pass the preliminary round and move on to the next, have done so. No injuries have come in to play, a factor which have caused many previous championships to not live up to their expectations.

Additionally, among the leading athletes in action on the opening day of the championships, was quarter-miler Javon Francis, who booked his place into the semi-finals of the Boys Class 1 dash of the 400m.

The Calabar High School 19-year-old sprinter who was member of the Jamaican 4x400m relay team, that won a silver medal at the IAAF 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow, Russia and who holds a personal best of 45.24 seconds over 400m, won his heat for that same event in a comfortable time of 48.04seconds, with lots more seemingly in store, for the next rounds.

However, the news coming out of the St Jago camp, is that the highly expected race of Martin Manley coming up against Javon Francis is not going to happen, due to the current  world youth champion Martin Manley being named as a third string 400 M  runner for the school from Monk street in Spanish Town.

So far that’s the biggest disappointment for what seems however to be the best ever, ISSA Championships.


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