48.62 is the record?
Whatever, it is incredible.
48.62 is the record?
Also ran a 22.54 with –1.8 wind. He's looking strong.
Incidentally, the headline is wrong-headed. Few current pros are likely to face any threat for six or seven years, at which time they won't be here.
There's something you have to understand about performances by kids at that age. There is for example a kid in Western Australia who ran 21.7 for 200 at age 13.
What you have to understand is that, especially in strength events like 200/400, the most developed kids will do the best. Don't get me wrong - 49 is very fast for a 13yo (I've seen a few 51s), but it's not so incredible if the kid went through puberty at 10-11, which is most likely the case.
Most boys get huge development and improvement at around 13-15, but this kid has already had his. He's developed like a normal 16yo. 48.6 is still fast for a 16yo.
Kirani James ran 45.7 as a 15yo? Hily f***. But there's another example - the fastest few in the world hadn't run that fast at 15, but then developed and subsequently ran (so far at least) faster as adults.
The kid is not massively tall, but he might have reached full height already. Most boys keep growing fast till around 15 (13 & 1/2-14 is peak growth). The ones I've seen running 21/22 for 200 aged 13/14 and 51-52 for 400 at the same age had already reached full height by 11-12, so are 3-4 years ahead on the growth chart. At that age, that's what it comes down to. Find me a 13yo running 53 who is normal on the growth chart, so still growing fast (I've seen them too), and it's just as impressive, if not more so. They are yet to have their big drop in times.
Let's have a look when it all evens out.
Is there testing in these events?
Age testing is what you need.
Where I come from another issue is African refugee kids competing. They come with no passport or proof of age, so they are effectively allocated an age (possibly based on their educational level, I'm not sure).
Needless to say a lot of underage records are held by such kids. They can have the records, but it should be with an * and another list kept for kids with legitimate birth certificates.
Here is another article on him that says he's 14:
So there you go. For starters he's 14, and kids can improve 2-4 seconds in a year at that age. A 53 second 13yo can become a 49 second 14yo, if they have a big growth surge. If they've already had it, they won't improve that much (unless they're new to training and improve for that reason).
Why do you clowns routinely step on other posters by starting threads of your own on topics where an identical thread already exists?
Someone stated a thread about this 12+ hours before you did.
13-year old Christopher Taylor has wowed onlookers on day 2 of the 'Champs' in Jamaica by running a 48.71 400. Very impressive.
He just missed the world's best by a 13-year old of 48.62.
The 13-year old record is held by American Bryce Love who currently is an 11th grader in North Carolina. Love's pbs are 10.68, 21.64 and 48.27. The holder of the 14-year old record is Olympic champion Kirani Jamies.
11 52.16 Bryce Love USA 8 Jul 97 Greensboro NC 28 Jun 09
12 49.47 Bryce Love USA 8 Jul 97 Greensboro NC 27 Jun 10
13 48.62 Bryce Love USA 8 Jul 97 Durham NC 26 Jun 11
14 46.96 Kirani James GRN 1 Sep 92 Ostrava 13 Jul 07
15 45.70 Kirani James GRN 1 Sep 92 Bydgoszcz 10 Jul 08
Records come from: http://age-records.125mb.com/
We read about Taylor's 48.71 here: http://www.trackalerts.com/Articles/taylor-sets-early-mark-at-champs2014-video/12108/