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Hyde vows to remain 100% Wolmerian

Published:Saturday | September 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Jaheel Hyde of Wolmer's Boys reacts after completing the hurdles double at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships earlier this year with a win in the 110 metres event. He had earlier won the 400m hurdles in a record 49.49 seconds.-file photos
Jaheel Hyde (left) in action against St Catherine High in the ISSA/LIME Manning Cup at the Stadium East last year.

Raymond Graham, Gleaner Writer

Jaheel Hyde is undoubtedly one of the most talented young athletes in the world following his excellent achievements over the past 12 months where he captured three world titles in the hurdle events.

After winning the 110 metres hurdles at the World Youth Championships last summer in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 2014 he has added the World Youth Olympic 110 metres hurdles and the World Junior Championships 400 metres hurdles to his kitty.

A talented footballer Hyde, born February 2, 1997, is a member of Wolmer's Boys' Manning Cup team now competing in the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association/LIME Competition.

This reporter caught up with Hyde at his team's first Manning Cup game against Clan Carthy High at the Alpha Boy's home and had a one-on-one conversation with him.

Raymond Graham (RG): You are back from a successful year from track and field are you now ready for football?

Jaheel Hyde (JH): Yes, I am always ready for football and I am just resting now but will play later in the season sometime in the first round.

RG: You have achieved a lot so far in track and field, what do you want to achieve in football?

JH: I want to help my team to win the Manning Cup.

RG: Do you think your team is that good to win the title?

JH: Yes, we have quality players like any other team and we have a great chance of going all the way.

RG: Your team won their first game 3-0 against Clan Carthy are you pleased with your teammates' performance?

JH: Yes, it is their first game and it was a good effort for them as they are just jelling now.

RG: You have another hectic year in track and field coming up.When are you going to take some rest for the new track season?

JH: I normally rest in December but I use football as my background work for track and field.

RG: When you ran that sub-13 seconds to win the gold in the 110 metres hurdles in Nanjing at the World Youth Olympics, were you surprised?

JH: No, I knew I could do it as I spent more time practising for the event than I did a year ago at World Youths.

RG: For the future, are you going to concentrate on both hurdles?

JH: At this moment, I love both. For the future, I am going to choose one but I have yet to decide which one I will choose.

RG: Next year will be another staging of the World Senior Outdoor Championships are you thinking about this?

JH: Of course, it is on my calendar of events and I will be training for that.

RG: There were some talk in preseason that you were going to join your father, Lenworth Hyde, at Kingston College. Was there any truth in that rumour?

JH: That was just speculation as I am 100% Wolmerian and that is the school I will finish my high school career.