Twenty-two year old recent Fordham University graduate, Bahamian Lester Taylor has secured his spot at the IAAF World Championships being held in Beijing, China later this year.
Taylor secured the spot through his winning 800 meters performance at the BAAA’s Open Nationals held last weekend.
Bahamas Athletics was pleased to speak with the quiet runner whose name is marked in the history books of his university due to his outstanding performances there in the 800 meters.
BA: Lester, let us talk about your performance today; how was it?
LT: It went pretty well. I wish the first lap was a little bit quicker; I ran 1.49 about five or six weeks ago so I was hoping I could come out here and improve that but I’m satisfied. I raced well, stuck to my strategy so I’m not enthused about it but I’m not disappointed either because I won the race. I do have a lot to do to get the marks that I want to get but I am satisfied.
BA: What are your goals this year?
LT: Definitely Outdoor National’s record. That would be nice to hit that 1.48; I will feel very accomplished with that 1.49, I thought I was going to be over the moon, I thought I was going to feel like I’m done with track and field but I didn’t get complacent, still hungry to improve my marks.
BA: For those people who don’t know you, tell them who you are.
LT: My name is Lester Taylor from Nassau Westside, Cable Beach. I haven’t been running for that long; I just started in high school. Many swimmers know me; I played soccer a little bit, I love running, reading, Xbox, swimming you know that’s my hobbies. I go to school in New York, train in New York and I definitely want to be the best 800m runner that this country has. That’s my end goal.
BA: You’ve already accomplished on feat going under the 150 mark. How do you feel about that?
LT: I felt pretty good. I felt very satisfied, like I said, I try not to remain complacent you know. I stayed hungry; I hit training harder because I feel as though I got a lot more left and just breaking that barrier makes me open my mind up to all the things that I can do and I really hope that other younger runners, athletes at home decide to run the 800m. We got talent, the quarter mile distance so I feel as though some kids can extend that and run world class times. We have the talent, that’s evident. You see that on the world stage, World Juniors; you see that in the Olympics. Chris Brown has been running 45 for some ten years; now 36, he is still in the top 15 in the country so I feel that we have a lot of potential.
BA: Hopefully we’ll see you on the international scene as well.
LT: Yes sir, I really hope so, that’s one of my goals for sure.
BA: Well congratulations!
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