Jamal Walton is heading for 400 meters stardom judging by the sort of times he is already running at 15.
Walton is so good that he is already ranked fourth in the world in the Under-18 400m division.
Ahead of him are slightly older boys Martin Manley (Jamaica), Rai Benjamin (Antigua) and Henri Delauze (USA).
The Cayman-born athlete who migrated a few years ago to Florida has rapidly improved. He first represented Cayman aged only 10 at the Caribbean Union of Teachers Championships in BVI where he won gold in the Under-13 200m and 300m. In 2012 he represented Cayman at the CUT Championship in Kingston, Jamaica and placed fourth in the U-15 400m and was a member of the U-15 boys medley relay team that won bronze.
Last year, Walton represented Cayman at the CARIFTA Games in Bahamas and was a finalist in the U-17 200m and 400m. He finished fourth in the 400m, setting a new national junior and senior record and returned to run a leg on the U-17 4x400m relay team that also set a new youth national record.
This year, Walton returned to CARIFTA in Martinique and again he did not disappoint, making the finals in the U-18 200m and 400m, this time winning a 400m bronze and setting a new national youth and senior record in the heats with a time of 47.25 seconds.
He anchored the 400m relay to finish fourth and again the team broke the record.
In his first appearance at the Cayman invitational last year, Walton demolished the opposition to win the national men’s 400m, again in a new national record and he returned to win the 400m again last month.
Walton has won numerous awards at youth level in the USA and as he is preparing to represent the Cayman Islands this year at the Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships in Mexico, the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon and the Youth Olympics in China, expectations are high.