While declaring that he is proud of the silver he copped recently when he represented Jamaica for the first time overseas, athlete Tyrice Taylor said he is now focused on making two other national teams.
The 18-year-old resident of Linstead, St Catherine, said he will next try to secure a spot on the national teams that will compete at the Pan American Games in Peru this summer, and at the 2020 World Junior Championship in Kenya.
Taylor, at the just-concluded CARIFTA Games in the Cayman Islands, clocked 1:49.73 seconds to earn silver for Jamaica in the Under-20 Boys 800 Metre Final.
He was beaten only by fellow Jamaican Kimar Farquharson, who earned the gold medal with a time of 1:49.64 seconds.
The bronze went to Handel Roban from St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Upon returning from the CARIFTA Games, Taylor, who attends Enid Bennett High School in Bog Walk, told The Beacon: “I think I did well for my school and my country, and I am proud for making this Jamaica team, and for coming home with a silver.”
Taylor also expressed gratitude to his coach, Jody Pusey, who commended the young athlete for engineering a podium finish despite having a mild injury.
“I think that Tyrice Taylor performed well at the CARIFTA Games. He did not win the gold medal, but he did a good job for his country. I am proud of him, and I want him to continue to do a good job,” Pusey declared.
He continued: “Persons on the outside would not have known that Taylor received a small injury in the preliminaries. In the first round, he got an injury to his ankle and – from talking to him, he was feeling a lot of pain.”
Pusey added that Taylor did well in recovering after losing momentum when another athlete made physical contact with him during the race.
The coach, in the meantime, said he and Taylor will go back to the drawing board as they gear up for two other competitions abroad.
“We are looking forward for the Junior trials [and] for the Pan Am Games. We will have to go back to the drawing board to get it right, so that we could finish the season running a personal best,” Pusey further told The Beacon.
By Horace Mills, Journalist
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