Hyde misses record by a whisker
Jamaican hurdler Jaheel Hyde came within touching distance of the World Youth Record yesterday as he booked his place in the final of the 110m hurdles set for Saturday morning at the International Olympic Committee Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
Three other Jamaicans will be hunting medals later this week after a positive day of competition yesterday, with young athletic talents Raheem Chambers (men's 100m), Obrien Wasome (long jump), and Shanice Reid (women's 100m) to make their first appearance at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Stadium today. Beach volleyball representatives Rojey Hutchinson and Shavar Bryan continue Pool play at the Sports Park Beach Volley venue.
With a dominating display in his heat, Hyde, the 2013 World Youth champion in the 110m hurdles, sent an early warning shot to his rivals as he looks to add the sprint hurdles Youth Olympic gold medal to the 400m hurdles medal of the same colour from this year's World Junior Championships.
The 17-year-old romped to 13.16 seconds, separating himself from the field, midway the race to win ahead of Spain's Juan Garrancho, 13.57 and India's Maymon Poulose, 13.64.
Hyde's time is a mere 0.04 seconds outside the World Youth record - 13.12 seconds set in 2012 by France's Wilhem Belocian - and just a stride slower than his own personal best of 13.13 seconds, which he ran on his way to winning at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk last year.
The Jamaican will line up in the final on Saturday at 6:55 a.m., where he will run from Lane 6.
Martin Manley ran 47.14 to win his 400m heat ahead of Denmark's Benjamin Vedel, 47.27, with Spain's Jesus Fuentes, 48.13, taking third. Manley will run for a medal tomorrow at 9:05 p.m.
Also advancing to the finals were Janeek Brown and Lushane Wilson. The latter cleared 2.07 metres in the men's high jump qualifiers and will look to make the podium at 7:10 a.m. on Saturday; while Brown, who finished third in her 100m hurdles heat in 13.66 seconds, will compete in the final, tomorrow at 8:24 p.m.
Janell Fullerton, 43.23 metres, finished ninth in women's discus qualifying and will have to settle for a spot in the 'B' final (tomorrow 8 p.m.), as will Vashon McCarthy, whose 53.85 metres in the men's discus left him in 11th place - good enough for tomorrow night's (9:15 p.m.) 'B' final.
Tiffany James finished second in the 400 metres heats, but her time of 54.54 means she was only able to secure a lane in the 'B' final, set for 7:20 a.m. on Saturday.
Sidrell Williams, 26.29, was seventh in the men's 50 metres butterfly heats at the Nanjing Natatorium.