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'I made the team and I am happy'

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2016 | 7:03 AMRaymond Graham
Jaheel Hyde (left) taking second behind Annsert Whyte in the men's 400 metres hurdles final on Friday night at the JAAA-Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at the National Stadium. Whyte won in 48.66 seconds with Hyde just behind in a national junior record 48.81.

World Junior 400 metres hurdles champion Jaheel Hyde is still celebrating after he booked his ticket to next month’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics with a national junior record run on Friday night at the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA)-Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships.

He ran a brilliant race, showing great improvement in his technique, to finish a close second in 48.81 seconds just behind winner Annsert Whyte (48.66). It was a personal best and a National Junior record for Hyde, who will defend his World Junior title in a few weeks’ time in Poland.

“The race did not go as I had planned, but I had to adjust and improvise 100 per cent to make the team and it took me out of my comfort zone, but I made the team and I am happy,” said a beaming Hyde.

WEEKS OF SACRIFICE

He added that weeks of sacrifice have paid off.

“It is all about the sacrifice myself and the coaches put out in the weeks leading up to the championships, as I had a few bad weeks and we had to make adjustments to the training regiment, and it has paid off.”

Hyde stated that he was not surprised by his record run.

“I expected this. I knew that to make the team, I would have to do something special by running below my personal best,” said Hyde.

His priority now is to retain his title at the July 19-24 IAAF World Junior Championships.

“For me now, the bigger picture is World Juniors as I want to defend my title. Making the Olympic team is just a plus for me and a goal I wanted to achieve,” concluded Hyde, who thinks he can even go faster.