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Manley, Hyde hunt gold

Published:Saturday | August 23, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Martin Manley in the 400 metres and sprint hurdler Jaheel Hyde are poised to capture Jamaica's first medals at the Youth Olympic Games now on in Nanjing, China.

Both will go into today's finals with the fastest times from the qualifiers and should capture the gold medals in their events.

Manley clocked 47.14 seconds to win his heat with Denmark's Lobo Vedel crossing the line in 47.27, the second fastest time.

Hyde is an even warmer favourite. His 13.16 seconds personal best in the 110m hurdles qualifiers is by far the fastest time, well ahead of next best, Korea Republic's Gyeongtae with 13.50.

Three other Jamaicans are scheduled to compete in A finals at the Games today. Taneek Brown will line up in the women's 100m hurdles, Lushan Wilson in the high jump and Raheem Chambers in the 100m. Chambers, who fell to the track in pain after winning his 100m heat in 10.68 seconds, is a doubtful starter. He clocked the fourth fastest time for the event.