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#RioGoldRush: Whyte leads Jamaican trio through to 400m hurdles semis

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 10:35 AM

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Annsert Whyte was the most impressive as all three Jamaican men advanced to the semi-finals of men’s 400m hurdles at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The two-time national champion, who said it was his first time running out of lane one, won heat five in a new personal best time of 48.37 seconds.

Reigning world champion Nicholas Bett of Kenya crashed into the 10th hurdle and was disqualified.

Roxroy Cato produced a season's best (SB) of 48.56 as he finished fourth in his heat, but made it through to the semi-final as one of the fastest losers.

The race was won by Norway’s Karsten Warholm in 48.49 ahead of Javier Culson in a season best 48.53 with third going to Estonia’s Rasmus Magi, who out dipped Cato.

National junior record holder Jaheel Hyde also placed fourth in his heat with a time of 49.24, but also qualified as one of the fastest losers.

Japan’s Keisuke Nozawa was the runaway winner of the heat in a life time best 48.62. Thomas Barr of Ireland was second in a SB 48.93 with Eric Cray of Philippines third in 49.05 seconds.

Roxroy Cato:
Age: 28 years old
High School: Green Island High School
            Tertiary Education:  Saint Augustine's University
            Events: men’s 400m hurdles
            Personal Best: 48.48s
            Interesting Facts:
He placed fifth in his Heat in a time of 49.03s at the 2012 Olympics.
Was a Pan American Games bronze medal winner last year

Jaheel Hyde:
Age: 19 years old
High School: Wolmer’s Boy School
            Tertiary Education: University of the West Indies, Mona
            Events: men’s 400m hurdles
            Personal Best: 48.81s
            Interesting Facts:
Won the 110m hurdles at the 2014 Youth Olympics and 2013 World Youth Championships before following up with victories in the 400m hurdles at the 2014 World Junior Championships and World Under20 championships
Is the national junior 400m hurdles record holder with his time of 48.81 seconds
He was a top footballer player and prolific goal scorer in high school, but made the decision to stick to track and field

Annsert Whyte:
Age: 29 years old
High School: Clan Carthy High
            Events: men’s 400m hurdles
            Personal Best: 48.58s
            Interesting Facts:
He is the two-time reigning 400m hurdles champion
He represented the country at the 2013 and 2015 World Championships reaching the semi-finals on both occasions, but this is his first Olympics.