I gave it my all, says Annsert Whyte
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
"There is nothing more I could have done, I did my best."
Hard to argue with Annsert Whyte's assessment of his performance in the men's 400m hurdles final here at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games yesterday.
For the third consecutive time, the Jamaican had gone faster than he had ever run in his entire life.
Whyte clocked 48.07, the fourth-fastest time by a Jamaican in the event, to finish fifth behind gold-medal winner Kerron Clement (USA - 47.73), Kenya's Boniface Tumuti (47.78) and Turkey's Yasmani Copello (47.92).
In fact, the second-, third- and fourth-placed finishers all ran national records, with Clement also posting a personal-best time in what was an exciting contest inside the Olympic Stadium.
"I gave it my all and I'm just happy, too, that I finished the race injury-free," Whyte added. "I didn't expect this performance because I got injured after starting the season, had a different coach, and that was kind of hard. We had a goal, which was to get a medal, and we didn't accomplish that, but we got something better - another personal best and we have to be thankful."
Whyte, who has been working with Gregory Little at the Racers Track Club highlighted Athens 2004 silver-medal winner Danny McFarlane as his biggest inspiration in the event and said that he is fully motivated heading into the remainder of the season and ahead of next year's attempt to qualify and medal at the World Championships in London.
"Danny McFarlane, I saw him. He used to do the 400m and switched to the 400m hurdles and did great. He, of course, got silver, and I wanted to see if I could get a medal, but it didn't work out.
"I'm just happy that I made the final and that I came out with a personal best. It's my first Olympics, too, so I can't complain. I wanted to win a medal, but it didn't work out, but God provided me with a big personal best and I'm thankful for that," said Whyte.
"It sets me up very well. I see what I need to work on, so I now I have to go back into training and work hard on getting better. I'm grateful that I'm here, performed and came out with a very good time. Overall, it's been a great experience," said Whyte.
"I want to thank Gregory Little, my coach. Without him, it would have been possible, so I thank him for his dedication and his work. I also want to thank my wife for her support," added Whyte.